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by Paul on 04/17/12 at 02:55 PM ET
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.
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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