Capitals coach Hunter says Bruins 'crossing the line'

Capitals coach Dale Hunter says the Boston Bruins are going after the head of Washington centre Nicklas Backstrom, who missed half the regular season because of a concussion.
Washington Capitals centre Nicklas Backstrom takes the puck in Game 2 against the Boston Bruins. Capitals coach Dale Hunter says the Bruins are targeting Backstrom's head. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Capitals coach Dale Hunter says the Boston Bruins are going after the head of Washington centre Nicklas Backstrom, who missed half the regular season because of a concussion.

Says Hunter: "It is crossing the line. To grab his head all the time is not the right way to play."

Asked Tuesday, an off day in the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series, whether he thinks the Bruins are targeting Backstrom's head, Hunter replied: "Oh, yeah."

Hunter expects the NHL to overturn the game misconduct penalty Backstrom got for putting his stick in the face of Rich Peverley at the end of Boston's 4-3 victory in Game 3 on Monday. Hunter says Backstrom "was trying to protect his face," because Peverley had his stick raised.

Game 4 is Thursday. Boston leads 2-1.