Boston coach Claude Julien says it's ''ludicrous'' to think the Bruins would target the head of Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, who missed half the season with a concussion.
Asked Wednesday for his reaction to Washington coach Dale Hunter's charge the Bruins were ''crossing the line'' by going after Backstrom during the teams' first-round playoff series, Julien said: ''I don't know any coach that would tell his team to go after somebody's head.''
Julien added: ''We're not whining about the referees.''
Backstrom will miss Thursday night's Game 4 after being suspended for a cross-check of Rich Peverley at the end of Game 3, a play the Capitals player said ''was stupid on my part.'' Hunter says Backstrom was trying to protect himself.