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WASHINGTON - JANUARY 15: Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals warms up before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Verizon Center on January 15, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
The debate may still be raging over the decision, but whether they like it or not, the Capitals will have to play Game 4 of their opening-round series against the Bruins on Thursday without Nicklas Backstrom. Washington's skilled center was suspended for one game for a match penalty at the end of Game 3 when he cross-checked Boston forward Rich Peverley in the face at the conclusion of Boston's 4-3 win. The Capitals didn't agree with the call, but their focus now has to turn to coping without their best playmaker for a crucial game in the series. The Bruins...
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