Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/18/12

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 Washington Capitals issued a statement on the team's website regarding the suspension of center Nicklas Backstrom on Wednesday.

The statement is as follows:

"We disagree with the NHL’s decision to suspend Nicklas Backstrom. 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."

Backstrom cross-checked Boston forward Rich Peverley in the face following the final buzzer of the Bruins' Game 3 victory on 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. The NHL announced the ban on Tuesday night.

Backstrom scored the game-winning goal for Washington in double overtime in Game 2, but Boston leads the series 2-1.

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