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Capitals C Nicklas Backstrom suspended 1 game for intent-to-injure penalty in Game 3 vs Bruins

Tuesday, 04.17.2012 / 11:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom has been suspended by the NHL for one game after cross-checking Boston Bruins forward Rich Peverley at the end of Game 3 in their first-round series on Monday night.

Backstrom was given a match penalty for attempt to injure, which carried an automatic suspension.

Washington coach Dale Hunter said earlier Tuesday that Backstrom "was trying to protect his face" because Peverley had his stick raised. He also said that the Bruins have been going after the head of Backstrom, who returned to Washington's lineup March 31 after missing half the regular season because of a concussion.

Boston won Monday's game 4-3 after scoring in the final two minutes for a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 is Thursday in Washington.

I was in there icing my face as she was trying to push a baby out.

— Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf on going to the hospital with a facial laceration while his wife was in labor following Game 1 on Wednesday