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Hunter thinks Backstrom’s cross-check “wasn’t that bad”

Apr 16, 2012, 11:10 PM EDT

Longer-term history would indicate that Nicklas Backstrom won’t be suspended for a late cross-check that generated a match penalty in Game 3, although Craig Adamsone-game suspension makes it a more interesting question. Washington Capitals coach Dale Hunter appears confident that he’ll have the talented Swede in the lineup, as he told media members such as Sky Kerstein.

Hunter said that he expects the league to review the situation – a requirement to avoid an automatic suspension – and for the NHL to rescind the match penalty. Hunter opined that “it wasn’t that bad.”

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Not too surprisingly, Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien was less-than-thrilled. Stephen Whyno reports that Julien claims this was “the third time in three games” that a Capitals player delivered a cross-check to a Bruins player’s face.

Whether Backstrom plays in Game 4 or not, it seems like there will be quite a bit more tension in the air in DC and then Boston as this series goes along.

  1. hockeyflow33 - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    It was the same exact thing Asham did minus the extra back of the head punch. Match penalty is black and white

  2. hairpie - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    I never thought the Caps would be so cowardly. Alzner should be suspended too.

    • Bruins Unite - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:23 PM

      Only cowards play the trap.

    • habsman - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:28 PM

      All teams are cowardly except the Bruins, Right?

  3. Bruins Unite - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Compared to the stuff Hunter used to pull of in his day, this was like a noogie.

  4. bensawesomeness - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    im sick of this dirty play in the playoffs – somebody needs to be made an example of to shut everyone else down (i’m not saying it’s Backstrom, im just really sick of every other post being about this or that questionable play)

  5. xhankmoodyx - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Amazing how the Bruins have been throwing sucker punches after the whistle the whole series and now the Caps finally get fed up and they’re the dirty team.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:44 AM

      I haven’t seen them crosscheck them anyone in the face, spear someone in the groin, or come in from behind as the 3rd man in but maybe I missed something?

  6. dawglb - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    The Caps are a strange team. They are not built for the playoffs. They lack an identity. They lack toughness. They lack leadership. They have a former tough guy coaching a figure skating squad. They need to reconsider what they are trying to be….. If they even know….

    • bobhpine - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:38 PM

      why arent you a GM instead of sitting in your moms basement in your dna stained underwear?

  7. erk877 - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Dale Hunter is one of the biggest scumbags to ever play the game-of course he sees nothing wrong with a crosscheck to the face.

  8. slapshot23 - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    the caps are cowards,alzner should be suspended,shut up already hairpie. Lucic should be suspended than for ripping backstroms helmet off,why is he going after backstrom,cause he knows backstroms not going to do anything. Lucic is a cheapshot artist so all you bruins fans just stop crying already

    • bbgustaf - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      So I assume you missed the crosscheck to his lower back in front of the net just before he tuirned and went for him! It is uncharactaristic of Backstrom to cheap shot like that once let alone twice in one game. Classless!! I would say they may have pushed the wrong button! They would have been better not proding the Bruins into physical play!

  9. erk877 - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    Wouldn’t want to be Alzner. He will be the recipient of a serious beatdown before this series ends.

  10. meane56 - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    How is this any different then Asham’s cross check? The only difference is that Peverley didn’t go down to the ice in a heap! Both should be viewed the same by Shanaban.

  11. bigbadbruins1968 - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Based on the way he played during his career, Dale Hunter is an expert on suspension worthy offenses.

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