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Nicklas Backstrom: Cross check was ‘stupid on my part’

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Nicklas Backstrom met with reporters briefly this morning at KCI to discuss his one-game suspension for cross checking Bruins forward Rich Peverley at the end of Game 3.

Here is a full transcript of Backstrom’s comments.

What’s your reaction to the suspension?

Backstrom: “Well he...I did what I had to do. I think it was stupid on my part. I’ve got to deal with it now. I mean, one game — I don’t know, I don’t like it or whatever. I’ve got to deal with it. It is what it is.”

Do you feel like the Bruins are targeting your head?

“A little bit but that’s how the playoff is. I like when it’s tough and stuff like that there’s nothing bad about that.”

What happened on the play to prompt you to cross check him?

“He was going after Ovi first and then I was just turning around, so that’s all I can say. I’m sorry about that. It was stupid on my part.”

More to come

More on the Caps:

— Capitals adjust lines in preparation for Backstrom’s absence

­— Backstrom suspended for Game 4 

— NHL roundup: Chicago’s Hossa released from hospital after Torres hit 

— Hunter: Bruins are targeting Backstrom’s head 

— Were the Bruins offsides on game-winner in Game 3? 

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