As first reported by TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom will serve a one-game suspension on Thursday night in game four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals as a result of the match penalty he earned as the end of game three Monday night. Backstrom was assessed the penalty for cross-checking Bruins forward Rich Peverley in the shield.
In accordance with NHL policy, Backstrom’s match penalty was reviewed by the commissioner’s office and the Department of Player Safety, led by Brendan Shanahan. Rule 21.2 in the NHL rule book states: “In addition to the match penalty, the player shall be automatically suspended from further competition until the Commissioner has ruled on the issue.” Backstrom had a hearing with the League on Tuesday afternoon in order to plead his case, but the match penalty was not rescinded, resulting in his suspension.
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