|Backstrom and Brad Marchand exchange pleasantries Monday evening.|
In accordance with NHL policy, Backstrom's match penalty was reviewed by the commissioner's office and the Department of Player Safety, led by Brendan Shanahan. Rule 21.2 in the NHL rule book states: "In addition to the match penalty, the player shall be automatically suspended from further competition until the Commissioner has ruled on the issue." Backstrom had a hearing with the League on Tuesday afternoon in order to plead his case, but the match penalty was not rescinded, resulting in his suspension.
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