Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/17/12
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's 4-3 loss, the league announced on Tuesday night. The play was deemed "excessive and reckless" by the NHL's department of player safety, which is famously headed up by former-player Brendan Shanahan. Backstrom,...

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