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Hearing Planned For Backstrom Cross-Check

from TSN,

Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals is scheduled for a disciplinary hearing as a result of his cross-check on Boston Bruins forward Rich Peverley at the end of Monday’s game.

Backstrom was assessed a match penalty on the play.

The hearing will likely be held on Wednesday with Game 4 of the series slated for Thursday.

Capitals head coach Dale Hunter defended Backstrom’s actions, saying he “was trying to protect his face,” because Peverley had his stick raised. Hunter feels the Bruins are targetting the head of Backstrom, who missed 40 games near the end of the regular season with a head injury.

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update 1:29pm, Bob McKenzie just tweeted the hearing now is 3:30pm today.

Watch the incident here if you missed it earlier…

Update, 2:24 PM: Backstrom has been suspended effective prior to his hearing, per USA Today

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Looked to me like Backstrom was pissed at Peverly for tripping Ovechkin after the whistle and he went at Peverly. Nothing seemed like Peverly was targeting Backstrom.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 04/17/12 at 03:22 PM ET

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It was a lame Match Penalty and this is an even more lame hearing. Shanahan is now going to be the tough sheriff, until he becomes the weak sherriff again. Along with the Shaw hearing these are ridiculous actions, you can’t make up calls later for the ones you missed earlier. Idiots.

Posted by timbits on 04/17/12 at 03:40 PM ET

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Here comes the $2,500 fine. 

At least now Backstrom will know he won’t get the benefit of the doubt again!

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/17/12 at 03:50 PM ET

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I would like to know what would consitute grounds for rescinding the match penalty though? One more way to undermine the on-ice officials if it does get rescinded.  I agree that Backstrom’s “match” penalty was on the weak end of the attempt to injure scale, but the mandatory sentences in the NHL are a joke since never once are they upheld.

They should just institute an in-game appeal process for every penalty as well. Ref calls two minutes high sticking and the coach calls him over, points out a couple of calls that were missed and the ref decides okay we’ll let it slide this time. It is still a penalty, but we’ll consider it time served since we blew the play dead and faceoff in the defensive zone.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 04/17/12 at 04:35 PM ET

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No suspension for Asham or Neal???

Posted by Jason on 04/17/12 at 05:11 PM ET

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No suspension for Asham or Neal???

Posted by Jason on 04/17/12 at 03:11 PM ET

Their hearing were not until today.  Neal has completed his, not sure about Asham.

Will probably hear something later today.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/17/12 at 05:17 PM ET

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I hate to keep harping on it (well, actually, I don’t), but this is a match penalty and Weber got a 2-minute minor in a game that was already over and a $2,500 fine?

Something fairly similar to what Backstrom did happens in a scrum in just about every NHL game. I must have missed all the match penalties they’ve given out for it in the past.

Posted by YzermanZetterberg on 04/17/12 at 05:19 PM ET

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The two minute minor really set the Preds back, do they get credit for a PK kill as well? I thought in the regular season if you took a penalty with less than two mintues remaining you shouldn’t be allowed to be one of the first three shooters in the shootout.  I don’t see why a player would avoid a minor after the clock has expired.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 04/17/12 at 07:09 PM ET

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If Backstrom is suspended at least we have some black/white line.  Put your stick in the opponents face, suspension.  Put your opponents face in the boards, laugh all the way piggy bank for $2500.

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 04/17/12 at 08:22 PM ET

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