WATCH: Backstrom's cross-check leads to match penalty

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WATCH: Backstrom's cross-check leads to match penalty

When the final horn sounded to seal the Bruins' 4-3 win over the Capitals Monday night, Washington's Nicklas Backstrom wasn't done playing.

And by playing, we mean playing dirty.

Backstom cross-checked Bruins forward Rich Peverley up near his neck and face, receiving a match penalty. That means that Backstrom is automatically suspended for Game 4 until the NHL rules on it. There have been a handful of high crosschecks thus far in the NHL playoffs, the most recent being Pittsburgh's Arron Asham's cross-check on the Flyers' Brayden Schenn in Game 3.

Asham was offered an in-person hearing, which means his suspension could be lengthy.

Take a look at the video below and judge for yourself: Is Backstrom's cheap shot on Peverley suspension-worthy?

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Here's postgame reaction from Rich Peverley, Capitals coach Dale Hunter, and Bruins coach Claude Julien on the high cross-check after the game had ended.