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.
During his weekly interview with WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show, Tom Brady highlighted the thought process that has helped make the Patriots such a successful team under Bill Belichick, and in the process of complimenting his boss, Brady also may have taken a little inadvertent shot at the Steelers. Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin noted immediately after the Divisional Round that the Patriots had an advantage in preparing for the AFC title game because they had more time to rest.
"I would say in general on our team we have a sign on our wall that says, ‘Doing the right thing for the team when it might not be the right thing for you.’ That’s just putting everything aside," Brady said. "Ignoring the noise, the positive things people may be saying about you, or the negative things people may say about you. Just believing in yourself and not making excuses.
"There’s always an excuse you can build into why you lose a game. 'We’re only playing on six days rest, we have this person hurt, or we didn’t get that call.' There are a million of them, and they’re all built in and you can pick them all off before the game. I think our coach does a great job of never buying into the B.S. He never makes it about one player. He never makes it about one play. He never makes it about one call, or one situation. It’s all about all of us collectively trying to do the best thing we can for the team to try and help us win. He never lets his foot off the gas pedal so when it comes to our team, you’re brainwashed. That’s just the way it goes."
The numbers support Belichick's approach: He'll be coaching in a 10th Super Bowl, and seven of those have come as the head coach of the Patriots. Both are NFL records.
Boomer Esiason talks with Toucher and Rich about Tom Brady and the Patriots "dancing around" the issue of winning this season following the suspension, and he would love to see a book in the future