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Bruins vs Capitals - 2012 Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals

Backstrom's absence likely means Knuble back in

Ben Raby - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- In the wake of Nicklas Backstrom's one-game suspension and Monday night's Game 3 loss against the Boston Bruins, the Washington Capitals will have a different look in Game 4 Thursday night at Verizon Center (7:30 p.m., ET, NBCSN, CBC).

The most notable change to Washington's lineup could be the return of veteran Mike Knuble. Knuble has been a healthy scratch in each of the first three games of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series but skated alongside Keith Aucoin and Joel Ward on the Capitals' fourth line at practice Wednesday.

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Caps disagree with Backstrom's suspension

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Nicklas Backstrom admitted his mistake Wednesday, but the Washington Capitals were not happy about their star center being suspended for Game 4 of this Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against the Boston Bruins after he was assessed a match penalty at the end of Game 3 for crosschecking Rich Peverley.

"We disagree with the NHL's decision to suspend Nicklas Backstrom," said a statement released by the Capitals. "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."

Game 4 is Thursday night at the Verizon Center. Boston leads the best-of-7 series, two games to one.

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Flyers know importance of eliminating Pens quickly

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

VOORHEES, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Flyers have a pretty good idea of what the Pittsburgh Penguins are going through right now.

The Flyers lead the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series 3-0, but just two years ago it was the Flyers who were in the 3-0 series hole. In the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Flyers lost the first three games to the Boston Bruins. They battled back, however, and became just the third team in League history to rally from such a deficit to win a series.

So the Flyers have a pretty good idea of what the Penguins' mindset will be going into Game 4 Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN).

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Capitals' Backstrom suspended for one game

Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom has been suspended for one game for cross-checking Boston Bruins forward Rich Peverley during Game 3 of the teams' Eastern Conference Quarterfinal playoff series Monday night in Washington, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 20:00 of the third period. Backstrom was assessed a match penalty for attempt to injure.

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Return to 'Bruins hockey' successful for Boston

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- The official hit count was pretty even after two games of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series between the Boston Bruins and the Washington Capitals, and the general level of physical play was also pretty much a draw.

That wasn't acceptable for Boston coach Claude Julien, though, and he let his players know it Monday before Game 3 at Verizon Center. His players responded with a greater level of physical play -- and a victory that looked more like what has come to be expected from the defending Stanley Cup champions.

"We talked about that before the game. I said the emotional level of that series wasn't where I wanted it to be knowing our hockey club and we had to elevate that and get a little bit more involved," Julien said Tuesday at the team's hotel. "And when we're emotional and we're more involved, we win battles and we create more things. So that's what happened [Monday]."

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Adversaries Alzner, Lucic once Pee Wee teammates

Ben Raby - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Karl Alzner typically goes about his business quietly. The Washington Capitals' stay-at-home defenseman shows up for work every day (he's played all 82 games each of the last two seasons), but won't wow you with any offensive prowess (three goals combined over that span) or brute strength (one career fight).

Milan Lucic tends to go about his business differently. The Boston Bruins' power forward has made a living playing a hard-nosed game, scoring goals (56 the past two seasons) and intimidating opponents (40 career fights).

Despite the differences in their games, Alzner and Lucic have seen plenty of each other -- both in-between and after whistles -- throughout their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. Alzner's crybaby gesture towards Lucic during a post-whistle scrum late in Game 3 could become one of the most replayed images of the first round.

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Hunter: Backstrom's cross checks were reactionary

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- As the Washington Capitals wait to find out the fate of Nicklas Backstrom's status for Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Boston Bruins, coach Dale Hunter went on the offensive Tuesday to defend his star center's actions at the end of Game 3.

Backstrom was assessed a match penalty after cross-checking Boston's Rich Peverley in the waning seconds of the Bruins' 4-3 victory Monday night at Verizon Center. He is suspended for Game 4 pending a review of the incident by the League's Department of Player Safety on Tuesday.

"No, because I don't think he's going to be suspended," Hunter said when asked if he has to prepare for not having Backstrom in the lineup. "If you slow it down, frame-by-frame, where was [Peverley]'s stick? It was up in his face first. If you watch, just go back and re-watch it again -- [Peverley's] stick is up in his face and Nicky, because of the stick in his face and the guy put his stick up like that, Nicky reacted to it.

"I think he was trying to protect his face. If you watch it, the stick is right in his eyes. It is a dangerous play on their part. Especially for him, if you notice every scrum Nicky comes out with no helmet on. He gets blockered to the head by [Tim] Thomas in the game before, so he's protecting his head. He just came off of [missing] 40 games. You have to protect your head. With [Peverley's] stick being in his face like that, it is a dangerous play on his part."

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Capitals' Backstrom faces hearing for cross-check

NHL.com

Washington forward Nicklas Backstrom faces a hearing with the Department of Player Safety on Tuesday afternoon for the match penalty he received after cross-checking Boston's Rich Peverley in the waning seconds of the Bruins' 4-3 Game 4 victory Monday night at Verizon Center.

Backstrom is suspended for Game 4 pending a review of the incident by the League's Department of Player Safety.

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Caps, Bruins get physical in Game 3

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- The first two games of this Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Series between the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals featured plenty of hitting, but little extracurricular activity and few penalties assessed.

That changed in Game 3. There was plenty of post-whistle pushing and shoving, penalty-inducing hits and even a match penalty at the final buzzer as the Bruins won 4-3 at Verizon Center to claim a 2-1 series lead.

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Caps' Johansson has grown from trying season

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Imagine being 20 years old and moving about 4,000 miles for a new job, and one person in the new office is from back home. A mentoring relationship evolves, but also a close friendship.

Marcus Johansson
Center - WSH
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 1 | PTS: 1
SOG: 4 | +/-: 0
Now imagine that a little more than a year later, everything isn't going quite right with the new job -- and to make matters worse, that buddy from home isn't around.

Marcus Johansson went through all this a few months ago. Nicklas Backstrom was a mentor and a buddy, a link to home and a valuable resource to help him survive as a young kid from Sweden in the NHL.

The first few months of Johansson's 2011-12 season mirrored that of his Washington Capitals -- a hot start (five goals in eight October games) followed by a bit of a slump (two in the next two months). Then Backstrom was elbowed in the head Jan. 3 by Rene Bourque, and life for Johansson changed.

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Because of the way they play and their skill set I don't think they're fourth-line players, so in my mind I'm looking at one of those guys I'll have to move over to the wing.

— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on his four-player battle for second-line center