Washington Capitals head coach Dale Hunter says that the Boston Bruins are “crossing the line” in regards to their approach at defending center Nicklas Backstrom, according to CBC Sports.
Backstrom missed half of the season due to a concussion, and has recently returned to the ice. He played in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference playoff series Monday night, and Hunter felt as though the Bruins were targeting his head.
“It is crossing the line. To grab his head all the time is not the right way to play.” Hunter said of the Bruins.
Backstrom was issued a misconduct penalty for putting his stick in the face of Rich Peverly Monday night in Boston’s 4-3 victory, which Hunter argues was an act of defense.
The Capitals will take on the Bruins in Game 4 on Thursday in Washington DC.