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Nicklas Backstrom Suspension: Claude Julien Denies Headhunting By The Boston Bruins

With Washington Capitals Head Coach Dale Hunter accusing the Boston Bruins of going after center Nicklas Backstrom's head during the playoff series, it was only a matter of time before Bruins head coach Claude Julien was going to vehemently deny those accusations.

Of course Julien would never admit to doing that intentionally. The Capitals now have to put supreme focus in tying the series at two games each on Thursday so that Saturday's game in Boston doesn't have to be an elimination game.

We'll have plenty more on these games and the rest of the 2012 NHL Playoffs on SB Nation D.C., so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates. For more news, analysis, and discussion on Capitals hockey, please head over to Japers' Rink. For the opponent's perspective all series, check out Stanley Cup of Chowder. You can also head over to the SB Nation NHL hub page for more on hockey news as the playoffs begin.