Nicklas Backstrom Suspended For Game 4; Could Be Overturned By League

April 14, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19) skates with the puck against the Boston Bruins during the first period in game two of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom will sit out Game 4 as a result of an automatic suspension due to a match penalty received at the end of Game 3. The suspension is up for NHL review on Tuesday afternoon, and it's possible they overturn it.

Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstorm has been suspended for Thursday's Game 4 against the Boston Bruins as a result of the match penalty he received at the 20:00 mark of the third period. The one-game suspension is automatic with the match penalty and will be reviewed by the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Tuesday afternoon.

Here's video of the incident, in which Backstrom cross-checked Bruins forward Rich Peverley up high as the final horn sounded.

The NHL will have to decide whether or not the match penalty still stands, and that's a decision they'll certainly make in time for Game 4 at Verizon Center on Thursday.

Backstrom is arguably the reason the Capitals qualified for the postseason. His late-season return from concussion was cited by many as a huge boost for the team in the final games of the regular season, and there's no doubt that his offensive production is a major piece of the Caps' puzzle.

Backstrom scored the game-winning goal for Washington in Game 2 on Saturday and had a gorgeous assist on a Brooks Laich game-tying goal in Game 3, so losing him would certainly have a tangible impact on Dale Hunter's game plan for Game 4.

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