Hunter on Backstrom suspension

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals coach Dale Hunter believes the one-game suspension for forward Nicklas Backstrom is unwarranted.

Backstrom, who was given a match penalty when he cross-checked the Bruins’ Rich Peverley in the face after the final buzzer after Boston’s 4-3 win in Game 3 on Monday. The NHL ruled on the decision late Tuesday night.

“We’re definitely going to miss him,” Hunter said. “We don’t think he should be suspended.

“It’s disappointing. He’s suspended and it’s in the history books and we have to concentrate on [Game 4].”

After the Capitals held practice Wednesday morning, Hunter said the Bruins are not only playing between the whistles, but also before and after them.

“They were after the whistle and before the puck was dropped. They were doing stuff off the draw, like Lucic going after Nicky’s head,” Hunter said. “We’ve got to play through it and let the refs do their job. We just have to play.”