Backstrom suspended one game for cross-check on Peverley

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Backstrom suspended one game for cross-check on Peverley

Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom received a match penalty at the end of Game 3's regulation for a cross-check to the face of Bruins forward Rich Peverley.

After a hearing with NHL sheriff Brendan Shanahan, the ruling on the ice stands: Backstrom received a one-game suspension, which he will serve for Game 4.

Shanahan says in his video explaining the suspension that "Peverley is in a defensive stance, and it is Backstrom that is approaching him. Backstrom is reaction is excessive and reckless. We've taken into consideration that Peverley suffered no apparent injury on the play, and that Backstrom has no prior supplemental discipline history."

Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

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Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

HARRISON, N.J. - Daniel Royer finished a nice sequence in the 74th minute, Luis Robles made a diving save in the closing minutes and the New York Red Bulls rallied to beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on Saturday night.

Felipe sent the ball left to Kemar Lawrence alongside the box and he put a cross to Royer on the back post for an easy finish on his fourth goal.

Robles, who only allowed Lee Nguyen's penalty kick in the ninth minute, preserved the win with his fourth save, diving to his left to block Diego Fagundez's shot from outside the box.

Bradley Wright-Phillips tied it for New York (6-6-2), which was winless in its last four matches, when he pounced on a loose ball and backheeled it into the net. New England goalkeeper Cody Cropper had pounced on a cross by Kemar Lawance, but Cropper could hold on and Wright-Phillips was there to clean up for his sixth goal.

Damien Perrinelle fouled Fagundez in the penalty area after a great pass from Kei Kamara, allowing Nguyen to step up for his sixth goal. New England (4-5-4) had won two straight and lost just one of its previous six. It is 0-5-2 on the road.