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Boston Bruins Coach Denies Nicklas Backstrom Was Targeted

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ARLINGTON, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — Boston coach Claude Julien says it’s “ludicrous” to think the Bruins would target the head of Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, who missed half the season with a concussion.

Asked Wednesday for his reaction to Washington coach Dale Hunter’s charge the Bruins were “crossing the line” by going after Backstrom during the teams’ first-round playoff series, Julien said: “I don’t know any coach that would tell his team to go after somebody’s head.”

Julien added: “We’re not whining about the referees.”

Capitals Captain Alexander Ovechkin said he thinks the decision to suspend Backstrom was the wrong one.

“I think it’s kind of bad decision,” he said. “But there is nothing you can do.”

Backstrom will miss Thursday night’s Game 4 after being suspended for a cross-check of Rich Peverley at the end of Game 3, a play the Capitals player said “was stupid on my part.” Hunter says Backstrom was trying to protect himself.

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