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.
For the second straight season the trade deadline came and went with no moves from the Boston Celtics.
President of basketball operations Danny Ainge continues to look at the big picture as his team moves forward with their roster intact.
“It wasn’t for lack of trying, last year and this year,” said Ainge. “We came away with Al Horford in the summer. We drafted Jaylen Brown, Jaylen just continually getting better. I’m very excited about the future of both those guys. We were also able to get Ante Zizic, who is having a terrific year over in Turkey. I think that our future is looking good.
“We hope to have another good summer this year, whether we use the draft pick, whether we trade the draft pick. I think we can’t go wrong, as long as we don’t screw it up and pay too much for certain assets.”
With the NBA trade deadline in the rear view mirror, the Celtics will have to turn to the buyout market if they are looking to make changes to their roster.
Talking to CSN Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely, Danny Ainge explained why signing players who have been bought out can be a risky move for a team like the Celtics.
“We’ll weigh each guy that comes on the market and see if that can be a boost to our team,” explained Ainge. “At the same time, I like our team. Bringing in new players sometimes messes up your whole chemistry, and it shifts somebody into a different role that they’re not accustomed to doing. You better know what you’re getting.
“We brought in Michael Finley, Sam Cassell. . . PJ Brown turned out to be a very good asset to us. Most of the time it sort of disrupts things. At the end of the year you go, ‘wow, we probably shouldn’t have done that.’ Even though on paper it looked like a great acquisition, it wasn’t as good as everyone thought it would be.”