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Backstrom apologizes for Peverley cross-check: “It was stupid on my part”

Apr 18, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

Backstrom Crosscheck

On the even of serving his suspension for cross-checking Boston forward Rich Peverley in the face, Washington center Nicklas Backstrom expressed remorse over his costly actions.

“[Peverley] was going after Ovi [Alex Ovechkin] first and then I was just turning around, so that’s all I can say,” Backstrom told reporters Wednesday.

“I’m sorry about that. It was stupid on my part.”

Backstrom received a match penalty for intent to injure and, on Thursday, will serve the mandatory game suspension that goes along with it. He’ll miss Game 4 with his team trailing the Bruins 2-1 in the series.

The loss figures to be a crucial one for the Caps. The 24-year-old Swede is their top center, scored Washington’s only game-winning goal of the series, plays over 23 minutes a night and has been solid in the faceoff circle (55.8 percent). That last part is big, because without Backstrom the duties fall to Jay Beagle (who has been great, at 63.6 percent) and Brooks Laich who has been awful at 35.6 percent — and he’s taken the most draws on the team.

Caps head coach Dale Hunter admitted losing Backstrom would hurt, but wanted to put it in the past.

“It’s disappointing,” Hunter said. “[But] he’s suspended, it’s in the history books and we have to concentrate tomorrow”

  1. drewsylvania - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Would he have apologized if he hadn’t been suspended for it?

    • upyourstodd - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      in a perfect world yes….but if these 2012 playoffs are any indication, we do not live in said perfect world.

    • rfoster75 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      Of course not, nor should he . I think he’s apologizing to his team more than anything, for engaging Peverly after the game was over…Stupid…Otherwise thats a play we are not even talking about…Who cares, the guy himself said that Backstrom “tried” to cross check him in the face. “Tried” being the key word…Caps need to learn when to time these type of play…The bruins are a dirty, play and chat and dive after the whistle team…If the caps want to go that route, they need ti keep it in the 60 minutes. Hockey gods aren’t going to let the Bruins win this series. Caps will be fine in game 4 and still win this series.

      • mcmurphy22 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:02 PM

        Bruins…dive? Really?

      • rfoster75 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:20 PM

        you are kidding I hope…There are two videos out showing Marchand diving on two separate occasion, and on a third that happened on a cross check/tap to the back…

      • mcmurphy22 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:22 PM

        One player, 3 dives doesnt translate to a team. But I won’t defend Marchand, he is a loose cannon.

      • 8spokedb - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:24 PM

        Yeah peverley took a big dive to embellish the crosscheck across the face…haha… I think you meant the Canadiens dive or Vancouver chats after the whistle.

      • homelanddefense - Apr 18, 2012 at 3:43 PM

        Id like to see that video. One of the local radio stations has been saying he dove in the game and I would like to see it. Not saying it didnt happen/

        Im a Bruins fan and I hate Marchand. But to say they dive because one guy did it in 1 game is nonsense.

  2. bostonhasrealhockey - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    On the even

  3. hairpie - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Cant just admit you were wrong? Why try the “Peverly was going after Ovi” angle…

    • ntestarossa - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      agreed.

  4. ntestarossa - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Classy move.

  5. michiganhockey11 - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Actually, the entire replay showed Ovi hook/or near spear Peverley, prior to Peverley trying to trip him down. Maybe Backstrom should check the video out…

  6. steveinator1x - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Ovi didn’t just hook Peverly – he gave him a shot to the groin – a really classy move … nice of Shanahan to call it an “exchange of trips”

    • michiganhockey11 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      It looked more like a shot than a trip.

  7. barkar942 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Guess Backstrom will be signing with Columbus next season. Or maybe Toronto needs a player who gives 50% effort sometimes. Only one step above Nik Zherdev.

    • sumthinsweet - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      I would takr Backstrom over any player on the Bruins & most players in the league. Hes one of the best at his position and give 100% every night. If he didnt have to worry about some b*tch like lucy gunning for his head every shift, he could actually play his game. if you were had any knowledge of hockey you would see that

      • mcmurphy22 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:03 PM

        Yea, I’d take Bergeron.

      • rfoster75 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:21 PM

        did bergeron even play in game three. I didn’t notice

      • dropthepuckeh - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:23 PM

        Gunning for his head? Don’t you see the irony of that statement given the guy was just suspended for a playoff game because he cross checked someone IN THE HEAD?! He even apologized for it. How sweet would it be if Peverly came after him instead and hit Backstrom and he was concussed again and done for good. Sunthinsweet there buddy.

      • itsallniceonice - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        Well rfoster75 if you were had any knowledge of hockey like sumthinsweet up there you probably would have noticed Bergeron. Sadly you are among the majority ignorant of his play.

      • 8spokedb - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        A player like Backstrom will never win a cup if he’s too worried about getting hit or hurt half the time. Bergeron took one of the dirtiest hits in NHL history a few yrs ago. Yeah it took him a good year and a half to heal and be comfortable on the ice, but he got over it and in the past 3yrs he won a gold medal and a stanley cup.

      • jasol20 - Apr 18, 2012 at 4:37 PM

        So you would take a guy who can obviously be taken off his game when it matters most, over any of the players clearly capable of taking him off that game? That makes sense….

    • mcmurphy22 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      He was there, winning. One assist in the books, he’ll of a lot of penalty kill and great 2 way hockey off em.

      • 8spokedb - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:38 PM

        Game winning assist on Chara’s goal with a fake slap shot to freeze the D, then a nice dish to Chara who had enough room to get off his Howitzer off a shot! You must not of seen that play though. I guess Bergeron could be unnoticed to the casual fan. Must be too busy watching soccer or the NBA.

    • damitjohnson - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:46 PM

      Backstrom is under contract for another 8 years. You are thinking of Semin

  8. sjsharks66 - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Caps were playing dirty that game. They might not want to make lucic and Thornton mad haha

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