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Report: Backstrom has hearing with Shanahan over cross-check

Apr 17, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Washington Capitals have been told center Nicklas Backstrom will have a disciplinary hearing for cross-checking Boston’s Rich Peverley in the face during Monday’s 4-3 loss.

The incident occurred late in the game after Peverley and Backstrom tangled behind Washington’s goal:

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Backstrom received a match penalty for the cross-check which, according to various sources, has not been rescinded by the league. That means the Capitals are now facing a situation similar to the one Pittsburgh faced with Craig Adams who, yesterday, received a one-game suspension for instigating a fight in the final five minutes (match penalty) against Philadelphia on Sunday.

More on the Backstrom incident

Caps head coach Dale Hunter doesn’t think it is suspension-worthy.

Peverley ells his side of the story.

  1. davidpcoelho - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Should have just slammed his head into the boards…

  2. hairpie - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    That picture seems to remove all doubt. That clown should be suspended 5 games. Thats his 3rd cross checking penalty already in this series! The NHL really needs to eliminate the instigator rule. These gutless cowards (Backstrom/Alzner/Penguins) would not do any of this if there were repercussions for their actions.

  3. bergeronforselke - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Is this gonna be another lame fine cause the player isn’t some fourth line shlub but one of the Cap’s stars? Oh and Peverly wasn’t hurt….cause that’s somehow important

  4. drewsylvania - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Cheap shot cross-check to the face. Doesn’t get much more cut-and-dried than that. My guess is a game. If it were the regular season it’d be at least three games.

  5. lordstanley65 - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Absolutely,Bergeron…let’s see if Shanny redeems himself at least a little with the right call here, regardless of the guys place in the lineup.

    Now we can wait for the inevitable ludicrous statement about “Dr. Recchi” and “sucker punches” from that idiot Habsman.

    • drewsylvania - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      Not to mention BORING.

  6. canucks18 - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Looks to me like he was trying to cross check him in the chest/shoulders and as Peverly goes to defend himself by bringing his arms up, Backstroms stick/hands continue up into his face, but it wasn’t a direct line to the head… Dangerous play either way but doesnt look like he goes straight for his head.

    • odj810 - Apr 17, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      IF he isn’t aiming for his head he’s aiming for his throat. thats no cross check to the chest

    • sabatimus - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:24 PM


  7. havok82 - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Backstrom had 3 cross checking penalties in that game. He needs a benching for a game or two. Shanny has a tough job, but the guy racked up 16 PIM’s in the game to boot. There have been multiple cross checks to Bruin players up around the head. Typically, the Bruins get hosed on these things and the guy that SHOULD be suspended ends up just fined and scores a game winning goal (see Carolina Hurricanes series a couple years ago and Alex Burrows of the Canucks last year).

    Backstrom acted like a tool and should be sitting out. I am not surprised that Dale Hunter (who wasn’t exactly a stranger to extra-curriculars) defends his guy. What coach would say “Please bench one of my best players”?

    I hope Shanny gives him the hook for a game. The NHL does need to step it up and police this crap before it gets out of hand.

    • bcjim - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      Peverley deflected the attack upward and I don’t even think it actually hit his face.

      • ithacamike - Apr 17, 2012 at 2:17 PM

        That’s what Ray Ferraro on the NHL Network said too…you can’t say definitively that his stick even contacted the head. And there’s no doubt Peverly deflected it upward. Peverly’s original comment was even “he TRIED to cross-check me in the head”.

        And why nothing for Peverly for his 2-handed slash/chop to Ovechkin’s ankle?

      • stratomaticfan - Apr 17, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        Ithacamike: Ovi had just cross checked Peverly. He retaliated. That should have been the end of it. Backstrom then comes in and goes for the head (which Peverly deflected). If he went for the body, it’s just a guy sticking up for his teammate. When you go to the neck/head, it’s just dirty.

      • pepper2011 - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:34 PM

        There was also (another) nut shot by Ovi on Peverely on that play. the hit wasn’t the reason for the retaliation. watch again. see ovi hit him and then nut him. that is why peverely reacted.

    • ntestarossa - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      hey ithacamike..apparently you did not notice Ovechikin comming in full speed to check Peverley into the boards. This was at the end of the game basically, couple seconds left, in their own end, no reason Ovie should do that, unless hes trying to make up for all the hits Dennis Seidenberg has been laying all series long on him.

      Bruins are not perfect, but there is nothing wrong on the trip up of Ovie by Pev.

      • ithacamike - Apr 17, 2012 at 4:24 PM

        The puck was at Peverly’s feet, so Ovechkin can check him there- he doesn’t know exactly how much time is left. If it had been after the horn, yeah, unnecessary hit.

        By your logic, he’s supposed to not try to separate him from the puck there, because well, there may not be time to head back up ice and try to tie the game? Good one!

        Yeah, nothing wrong with Peverly two-handing his stick into Ovie’s ankle. lol

    • pepper2011 - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      if you pause at the :16 mark of the video you can see Ovi wind up and nut him; peverley reacted and Backstrom went for the head.

      • ntestarossa - Apr 17, 2012 at 6:24 PM

        Haha, I didn’t even notice that. Might been a reactionary hit if not, pretty blatant shot at his groin. I really didn’t mind the Caps before this series, but now I can see they belong in the same category as the Habs/Canucks/Pens.

        @Mike. Watch the vid again, clearly another Caps skater goes the opposite direction as the play, maybe hes playing defense? but Ovie comes flying in and hits him(no boarding or checking from behind call..which was a correct no call) but you can’t sit there and say Pev has no right to retaliate to the hit and the nut tap. You just seem like a blind homer.

  8. 2qswing - Apr 17, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Nic, use some common sense here. next time just slam his head into the glass two times after time expires. You will only get fined $2,500.

  9. odj810 - Apr 17, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    I’m not huge on suspending players in the playoffs. I wish they could give NFL type fines. But isn’t across check to the face what asham did? So if were being fair doesn’t have Have to get suspended if you suspend asham(which he should get suspended)

  10. crusty14 - Apr 17, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Trust me , Ovi knew exactly how much time was left and that there was no time to turn back up the ice to try and score. That being said, Ovi does have the right to check Peverly since there was 1-2 seconds left in the game. What he doesn’t have the right to do is pitchfork a dude in the nuts! I wouldn’t really qualify that as a wicked two hander either.

    As another poster has said, if backstrom would have just gave Peverly a little slash or a punch, he wouldn’t have got a match penalty for taking a stick to someone’s face!

  11. mjdkid100 - Apr 17, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Pause at 15-16 seconds and see why Peverly slashed him. The puck was gone. Ovie is a dirty player and consistenly goes knee to knee. Apparently he spears peoples groins too.

  12. HawaiiHockey - Apr 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    I really just don’t think this was a cross check to the head… Peverely had his stick up and Backstrom slammed it. At jest I thought it was, but watch closely and you see ( as long as your not a bruin fan).

    What I think is that Ovechkin slams Peverely in the ass/ chode with his stick. I’ve watched the video a couple of times and I don’t see any rationale for that except that he was using his stick to intentionally give Peverely a stinger.

  13. slapshot23 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    can someone please tell me what a hairpie is. maybe its some clown who only see’s what he wants to see. The bruins are getting all the calls in this series,and this bum Lucic skates around throwing cheap shots at guys that he knows arent going to fight him,if hunter was playing on the caps right now he would kick Lucic’s ass and anybody else on that bruins team that wanted some..stick that up your hairpie

    • homelanddefense - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      Dale Hunter wouldnt fight Lucic, or Chara, or Thornton. He was an aggitator, but hardly a fighter. He certainly wouldnt kick his ass. I would have loved to see him try and fight Lucic actually.

  14. homelanddefense - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Can someone please show me a video of Lucic throwing a “cheap shot”. Ive been reading this a lot, Id like to see some examples.

    • homelanddefense - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      I mean a cheap shot in this series…because that is what he is being accused of.

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