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Maybe it's because they realized they have awakened a sleeping bear, or maybe they truly are sorry. In any event, handing out apologies seems to be a common theme amongst the Capitals following Game 3 against the Bruins. A day after Karl Alzner apologized to Brad Marchand for an elbow to the head, Nicklas Backstrom apologized for cross-checking Rich Peverley in the face. "[Peverley] was going after Ovi [Alex Ovechkin] first and then I was just turning around, so that's all I can say," Backstrom told reporters Wednesday. "I'm sorry about that. It was stupid on my part." The apology...

Capitals issue statement regarding suspension of C Backstrom

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...

Capitals C Backstrom suspended 1 game for hit

Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom has been suspended by the NHL for one game after cross-checking Boston Bruins forward Rich Peverley at the end of Game 3 in their first-round series on Monday night. Backstrom was given a match penalty for attempt to injure, which carried an automatic suspension. Washington coach Dale Hunter said earlier Tuesday that Backstrom '... Photochop: Why Is Nicklas Backstrom So Happy?

Nicklas Backstrom has enjoyed happier days than he will on Thursday. That's because the Washington forward will be sitting out Game 4 of the Bruins-Capitals after being suspended one game for cross-checking Rich Peverley at the end of Game 3. Once upon a time, Backstrom basked in the glow of a game-winning goal and looked awfuly happy. Since then, however, he hasn't had much...

Bruins Plan to Stay Physical With Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom Out (Video)

The Bruins won't have to deal with the Washington's Nicklas Backstrom on Thursday, but they're not breathing easy. Most of the players agree that the Capitals are still going to be tough at home, and they say they’re more focused on making sure the Bruins themselves are ready to play. Andy Brickley, however, has some ideas about how the B's can take advantage on...

Backstrom suspended by the NHL.

This was the fourth suspension of the day. As expected, Nicklas Backstrom has been suspended by the NHL for his crosscheck on Richard Peverley which resulted in Backstom receiving a match penalty. The NHL wouldn't rescind the match penalty. Of course one of the dirtiest players to ever play in the NHL defended his player. I wouldn't expect anything less. Capitals head...

Capitals C Backstrom suspended one game

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom was suspended for Thursday's Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Boston Bruins. 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...

Bruins coach: Backstrom not targeted

Boston coach Claude Julien says it's ''ludicrous'' to think the Bruins would target the head of Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, who missed half the season with a concussion. Asked Wednesday for his reaction to Washington coach Dale Hunter's charge the Bruins were ''crossing the line'' by going after Backstrom during the teams' first...

Nicklas Backstrom Suspended for Cross Check, Will Miss Game 4 (Video)

Down 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, the Washington Capitals are in desperate need of a victory in Game 4 on Thursday. Well, it appears that Dale Hunter's team will have to take on that challenge without one their best scorers. Nicklas Backstrom has been suspended for Game 4 by the NHL for his cross check to the head of Bruins' forward Rich Peverley at the end of Monday...

Nicklas Backstrom, Stagnant Power Play Continue to Post Problems for Bruins (Video)

Through the first two games of their opening-round playoff series, the Boston Bruins had gone 0-for-6 on power play opportunities. The power play woes, which were a huge issue during their 2011 run to the cup, had gotten better throughout this season but apparently it's still in need of some fine tuning. Barry Pederson and Gord Kluzak broke down the near nonexistent power play...

Nicklas Backstrom gets Match Penalty for Cross Check on Rich Peverley, Likely out game 4

After the Bruins won game three against the Washington Capitals on Monday night, Nicklas Backstrom delivered a cross check to Bruins forward Rich Peverley’s face. The Bruins had just put away the Capitals on a Zdeno Chara slapshot goal, and Backstrom was obviously very frustrated, but his cross check was dirty and he was given [...]

Talking, tensions heat up off ice

Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas is using his blocker as a weapon. Nicklas Backstrom, the Washington Capitals No. 1 center who missed half the season with a concussion, had his head targeted. Bruins forwards Milan Lucic is a "crybaby" and, by the way, Boston's game-winning goal in Monday's Game 3 was set up by an offside play. Talk during the two-day break between...

Hunter: Bruins targeting Backstrom's head

One of the dirtiest hockey players to ever play in the NHL is accusing the Boston Bruins of going after Nicklas Backstrom. I guess the former goon Hunter would be able to spot this type of behavior on the sight? In case you’ve forgotten, this is the same Dale Hunter that delivered one of the direst cheap shots I have ever witnessed to former Islander former Pierre Turgeon in Game...

Dale Hunter taught crosschecking Backstrom well

Washington Capitals coach Dale Hunter is whining that the Boston Bruins have been going after the head of center Nicklas Backstrom. "It is crossing the line. To grab his head all the time is not the... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Rich Peverley Lifts Puck Past Braden Holtby, Bruins to Win in Game 3 (Video)

Rich Peverley helped spark the Bruins onto a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Monday night. The game was chocked full of excitement with plenty of scoring, eye-popping saves and tons of brawling. But while both sides traded goals, up until the end of the third period, Peverley showed off some flashiness with his stick. The 29-year-old forward lifted a sweet shot from just...
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