Nicklas Backstrom seemed more upset at himself than anything Wednesday in reacting to the one-game suspension he received from the NHL for cross-checking Boston Bruins forward Rich Peverley in the face at the end of Game 3.
“I did what I had to do. I think it was stupid on my part. I’ve got to deal with it now,” the Washington Capitals center said. “One game, whatever I don’t like it or whatever, I’ve got to deal with it.”
Backstrom was suspended for Thursday’s Game 4.
Asked what led to the cross-check, which happened around the final horn, Backstrom pointed to Peverley tripping up Alex Ovechkin.
“He was going after Ovi first, and then I was just turning around,” Backstrom said. “That’s all I can. I’m sorry about that. It was stupid on my part.”
The 24-year-old center ended his media scrum at that point, walking away after three questions.