Backstrom Gets A GamePosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
Caps center Nicklas Backstrom has been suspended for a game, per NHL director of player safety Brendan Shanahan. Backstrom, who supplied the game-winning goal in Washington's double-overtime win in Saturday's Game 2 of the team's Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Boston Bruins, will miss Game 4 of the series on Thursday at Verizon Center. Backstrom was assessed a match penalty for a crosscheck to the visor of Boston forward Rich Peverley. Shanahan called Backstrom's action "excessive and reckless." Backstrom's absence leaves Washington without its top center in what is close to a must-win game. The Caps trail the series two games to one, and a loss on Thursday would send them to Boston for Saturday's Game 5 on the verge of elimination in the best-of-seven set. Caps coach Dale Hunter expressed optimism after Monday's Game 3 that Backstrom would not be suspended, and that the NHL would rescind the match penalty as it did in the case of an incident involving Boston's Zdeno Chara last spring.
At the time, it was the fifth-longest game in Stanley Cup playoff history. It was the longest NHL playoff game in more than 44 years. And it all happened 25 years ago today. “It” of course, refers to Game 7 of the 1987 Patrick Division semifinal series between the Capitals and the New York