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Capitals Respond To Backstrom Suspension

ARLINGTON, Va. – We disagree with the NHL’s decision to suspend Nicklas Backstrom.  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.

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Well said.  Wonder how long until more teams join in, issuing statements against the NHL’s recent decisions and nondecisions.  The NHL Department of Player “Safety” has lost this hockey fan’s respect.

I wonder if it is time for all game attendees to bring signs protesting the NHL brass instead of the opposing team.

Posted by GregAnnapolis on 04/18/12 at 03:30 PM ET

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No way, Shannadouche missed the boat again? herrrrp a derrrrrrr…..

Posted by Behind_Enemy_Lines from Evanston,IL on 04/18/12 at 03:44 PM ET


Pretty much sums it up.

Posted by Brian Tate from United States on 04/18/12 at 04:15 PM ET


I’m willing to say for once I agree with the NHL. What Backstrom did was stupid (and I like Backstrom he wears 19) , but for the NHL to rescind the call would have further neutered the refs. You finally have a crew willing to make the call and now it should be rescinded because the Department of Player Safety is run by a bunch of children running with scissors?

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 04/18/12 at 05:14 PM ET


Agree with you hockey1919. If the crew who reffed the Weber junk woulda sacked up and made that call, maybe a bunch of this junk wouldn’t be happening.

Posted by T on 04/18/12 at 05:19 PM ET


In a vacuum the suspension is fair. What has the Caps and the fans upset is this started with Bourque only getting 5 for knocking out Backstrom for half the season and watching the Bruins target Backstrom’s head repeatedly not to mention J Neal headhunting 2 guys on same shift and he only gets a game. It’s ridiculous and disgraceful.

Posted by eric from baltimore on 04/18/12 at 06:27 PM ET


eric from baltimore: Well stated. Agree. It’s not so much the suspension itself as it is the general lack of consistency.

Posted by GregAnnapolis on 04/18/12 at 06:58 PM ET


I agree that Bourque should have gotten way more and the Caps have the right to be livid. I’m just saying that even a blind squirrel finds a nut once and a while. There is no consistency in the NHL.  That some would compare Asham with Backstrom and say see Backstrom got off easy with only one game is the reverse of the argument. I will continue to rip the NHL whenever they do something that undermines the great game of hockey, but on the rare occasions they get it right, I have to be honest and admit it.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 04/18/12 at 07:06 PM ET

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