Rich Peverley defended himself a little Wednesday but didn’t have much to say about the one-game suspension the NHL handed Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom for cross-checking him in the face.
Dale Hunter insisted Backstrom was defending himself when Peverley got his stick up at the end of the game.
“I was just standing there, Peverley said. “I don’t think I was going at him at all.”
VP of player safety Brendan Shanahan agreed with the Boston Bruins forward, saying that “Peverley is in a defensive stance and it is Backstrom who is approaching him.”
As for the suspension itself, Peverley brushed off comment.
“The league dealt with it and that was what they felt sufficed,” he said. “I can’t do anything about it. That’s the league’s decision.”
Asked if it sufficed for him, Peverley responded with only, “It doesn’t matter what I think.”
That was the feeling from many of the Bruins’ players asked about the suspension, which means Backstrom will miss Thursday’s game 4 at Verizon Center. Boston leads the best-of-seven first-round series two games to one.
“Obviously the league suspended Backstrom with what they felt was the appropriate amount of games and it’s over and done with,” forward Milan Lucic said. “With him out of the lineup, with him being a big part of the team on our mindset we can’t take them lightly at all. They battled a lot of the end of the season without him and played well without him so they’re still going to bring their best because it’s a big game for both teams.”
Peverley said the Bruins weren’t going to change much with Backstrom out.
“It’s an incident that happened that the league felt should be suspendable, and we’re just going to move on,” winger Brad Marchand said. “It’s not going to affect how we play.”