Posted April 18, 2012 on AP on Fox

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 15: Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals skates down the ice against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Verizon Center on January 15, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
The Capitals say they ''disagree with the NHL's decision to suspend'' center Nicklas Backstrom for Game 4 of Washington's first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins. In a statement issued by the team Wednesday, the Capitals say: ''We do not understand why a suspension was imposed in this case'' and other episodes in the series weren't reviewed by the league. Backstrom, for his part, says his cross-check of Rich Peverley at the end of Game 3 on Monday ''was stupid on my part.'' He will miss Thursday night's game in Washington. The Capitals are accustomed to playing without Backstrom, who sat out 40 games with a concussion during the regular season. Boston leads the best-of-seven series 2-1.
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