This was the fourth suspension of the day. As expected, Nicklas Backstrom has been suspended by the NHL for his crosscheck on Richard Peverley which resulted in Backstom receiving a match penalty. The NHL wouldn't rescind the match penalty. Of course one of the dirtiest players to ever play in the NHL defended his player. I wouldn't expect anything less.
Capitals head coach Dale Hunter defended Backstrom's actions following the game, saying he "was trying to protect his face," because Peverley had his stick raised. Hunter feels the Bruins are targetting the head of Backstrom, who missed 40 games near the end of the regular season with a head injury.
"It is crossing the line. To grab his head all the time is not the right way to play," said Hunter. [TSN.CA]
- VIDEO: Nicklas Backstrom Receives Match Penalty For Cross-Check On Rich Peverley (dc.sbnation.com)
- NHL Playoffs 2012: Nicklas Backstrom To Have Hearing With NHL; Dale Hunter Says Bruins Are Targeting Center's Head (dc.sbnation.com)
- Caps' Backstrom Called For Match Penalty, Likely Facing Suspension (philadelphia.cbslocal.com)