Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/17/12

UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 24: Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals skates against the New York Islanders on October 24, 2009 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Capitals won the game 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The Washington Capitals could be without center Nicklas Backstrom for Game 4 of their first-round series against the Boston Bruins after Backstrom cross-checked Bruins forward Rich Peverley in the face following the final buzzer of Boston's Game 3 victory Monday.Backstrom received a match penalty and according to NHL rules any player receiving a match penalty will be automatically suspended from further competition until the commissioner has made a ruling.Capitals coach Dale Hunter said he expects Backstrom's penalty to be reviewed and rescinded.Backstrom scored the game-winning goal for Washington in double overtime in Game 2.The Bruins lead the series 2-1. Game 4 goes Thursday in Washington.
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