ARLINGTON, Va. The Washington Capitals have reacted to the Nicklas Backstrom one-game suspension with a nameless, faceless statement.
Backstrom was suspended for a single game after cross-checking Rich Peverley in the face during the closing seconds of the third period in Game 3 at Verizon Center.
Instead of Washington GM George McPhee addressing things head on, the Capitals said in a prepared statement that they disagreed with Brendan Shanahans ruling on Backstrom and dont understand why other plays havent been reviewed in the series.
Here is the statement:
We disagree with the NHLs 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 this series have not been reviewed. Our singular focus now is on Game 4, and we look forward to the energy that our great fans provide.
The statement appears to be in reference to several Caps players and their head coach, Dale Hunter, believing that the Bruins are targeting the head of Backstrom, who missed 40 games this season with a concussion suffered after a Rene Bourque head shot.