Capitals don't understand Backstrom suspension


Capitals don't understand Backstrom suspension

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.

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

BOSTON (AP)  Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.

Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.