Originally written on Goon's World  |  Last updated 4/18/12

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals skates against the New York Rangers during their preseason game on September 24, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Backstrom and Ovechkin (Photo credit: clydeorama) Of course they do. The moral of the story is don't cross check someone in the face at the end of the game like Backstrom did. It's really a pretty easy concept.
Katie Carrera, Washington Compost --- They’d much rather have their top center in the lineup for an important Game 4 at Verizon Center on Thursday as evidenced by a statement the team released to reporters Wednesday afternoon.

“We disagree with the NHL’s decision to suspend Nicklas Backstrom,” the statement said. “This has been a competitive and physical series, and we do not understand why a suspension was imposed in this case while other incidents in this series have not been reviewed. Our singular focus now is on Game 4, and we look forward to the energy that our great fans provide.”

But the Capitals know they can’t afford to dwell on the ruling – they can’t change it. They say their focus is on trying to even their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, which the Bruins lead two games to one.
Backstrom admits that it was stupid to cross-check on Bruins forward Rich Peverley.
Backstrom: “Well he...I did what I had to do. I think it was stupid on my part. I’ve got to deal with it now. I mean, one game — I don’t know, I don’t like it or whatever. I’ve got to deal with it. It is what it is.” [Capitals Insider]
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  • Backstrom Suspended For Game Four (washington.cbslocal.com)


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