Discipline has been disjointed in NHL postseason

Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom was ordered to sit out Thursday night as a result of a cross-check at the end of Game 3. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom was ordered to sit out Thursday night as a result of a cross-check at the end of Game 3. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
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The postseason often means living on the edge, but the uncertainty over penalties and supplemental discipline adds another dimension. Some players just want to go about their games and not think about it.

“We can talk about it all day, but nothing we’re going to do can change,” Ovechkin said. “It’s all about them, and it’s all about their minds.”

The solution usually is common sense, though even that’s hard to confirm this time of year.

“I try and play the game on the right side of the line so I don’t have to worry about it,” Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said. “Just play the game hard and try not to do anything stupid, I guess.”

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