Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom swallowed his medicine without complaint and without criticism for NHL director of player safety Brendan Shanahan.
Sentenced to a one-game suspension for cross-checking Rich Peverley after the final horn sounded to end the Capitals 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 3 on Monday night, Backstrom apologized for the incident on Wednesday.
He did what he had to do, Backstrom said of Shanahans one-game ban for Thursday nights Game 4. I think it was stupid on my part and Ive got to deal with it now. One game, I dont like it. But Ive got to deal with it. It is what it is.
On Tuesday, capitals coach Dale Hunter said he thought the Bruins were targeting Backstroms head because of the concussion he suffered on Jan. 3, which forced him to miss the next 40 games. Backstrom was asked if he thought that has been the case in the first three games of the Caps series with the Bruins.
A little bit, he said, but thats how the playoffs is. I like when its tough and stuff like that. Theres nothing bad about that.
Backstrom said he cross-checked Peverley because the Bruins right wing was going after Alex Ovechkin.
I just turned around, Backstrom said. Thats all I can say. Im sorry about that and it was stupid on my part.