Backstrom Gets A Game

Posted 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.

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