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Capitals Disagree With NHL’s Decision On Backstrom

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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom was suspended for Thursday’s Game 4 against the Bruins for his cross-check to Rich Peverley’s face at the end of Game 3.

While Backstrom was called for a match penalty, which carries an automatic game suspension, the Capitals don’t understand why NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan didn’t rescind the one-game ban.

“We disagree with the NHL’s decision to suspend Nicklas Backstrom,” the team said in a release Wednesday. “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 is on Game 4, and we look forward to the energy that our great fans provide.”

After the Capitals’ practice on Wednesday, head coach Dale Hunter said the supension was “disappointing.”

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