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04/17/2012 - 1:31pm
Hunter: Bruins targeting Backstrom's head
By: DJ Bean

WASHINGTON -- Capitals coach Dale Hunter said Tuesday that he feels theBruins are targeting Washington center Nicklas Backstrom's head. Backstrom missed 40 games this season due to a concussion.

“Every scrum, Nicky comes out with no helmet on, he gets blockered to the head by [Tim] Thomas the game before. He's protecting his head,” Hunter told reporters. “He just came out for 40 games. You have to protect your head. With his stick being in his face like that, it was a dangerous play on his part.”'

Backstrom has a hearing with the league on Wednesday for his cross-check to the face of Rich Peverley at the end of Game 3. Hunter said he doesn't think Backstrom will be suspended because Peverley's stick was "up in his face first."

"He's got to protect himself," Hunter said of Backstrom. "If you get a second concussion, you're out a long time. If it wasn't there, if a stick wasn't in his face...

04/17/2012 - 12:30pm
Report: Backstrom has hearing scheduled
By: DJ Bean

WASHINGTON -- According to a tweet from TSN's Bob McKenzie, the Capitals have been informed that center Nicklas Backstrom will have a hearing with the NHL at 3:30 Tuesday over his cross-check to the face of Rich Peverley Monday.

After the final seconds ticked off the clock in Boston's 4-3 victory over the Capitals in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Backstrom cross-checked Peverley in the face and was given a match penalty, which carries with it an automatic suspension pending review of the league. 

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04/17/2012 - 9:51am
Source: Love signs ERFA tender with Patriots

A league source has confirmed the report that Patriots defensive tackle Kyle Love has signed his one-year, exclusive rights free agent tender with the team, and was present for the start of New England's offseason program on Monday. The 25-year-old Love, a 6-foot-1, 310-pounder out of Mississippi State, started 13 games last season for the Patriots and had 33 tackles (20 solo) and three sacks. The Boston Globe was the first to report the news. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


04/17/2012 - 8:01am
Mashup: Eli 'excited' to host 'SNL' May 5

Giants quarterback Eli Manning will host "Saturday Night Live" on May 5 after turning down the offer a few times before. He follows in the footsteps of his brother, Peyton, who hosted the show five years ago.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Eli said Monday, as the Giants gathered for their first offseason workout program. “It’s something that’s been offered a few times and I’ve turned it down. But it seemed like the right time. I felt ready to do it and I’m excited about that opportunity.”

Eli said he has no stage experience, although he has appeared in a few commercials since arriving in New York.

“Not much Broadway or acting, so this will be a new experience for me,” he said. “I’m a little nervous about it, but excited also. It should be a lot of fun. It will take some work, but it should be something I’ll always remember.”

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04/16/2012 - 11:51pm
Lucic on Alzner: 'I'm not a crybaby'
By: DJ Bean

WASHINGTON -- Milan Lucic has been called a lot of things before, but Monday brought an accusation with which he feels unfamiliar. 

With the Bruins on the power play late in the third period of Game 3 against the Capitals, Lucic was cross-checked by Washington defenseman Dennis Wideman. That led to Lucic scrapping with forward Matt Hendricks before defenseman Karl Alzner jumped in to take on Lucic. After the scrum was broken up by officials, Alzner made a crying gesture at Lucic.

"Well, there's a lot of [proof] on my side to show that I'm not a crybaby," Lucic said after the game. "That's a lot coming from a guy I think who's got two roughing penalties in three years, so there you go. 

Asked whether he felt Alzner was the third man in, an offense that is punishable by a game misconduct, Lucic grinned and chose his words carefully before answering, "Yup."

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