Gary Bettman rebukes complaints

Updated: April 20, 2012, 5:02 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman considers those complaints from various teams about their players receiving suspensions during the postseason as nothing more than "gamesmanship."

Take the Washington Capitals' statement disagreeing with the one-game ban for center Nicklas Backstrom.

"That doesn't mean anything. They didn't like it," Bettman said Friday. "The fact is, it was a cross-check to the face. It deserved a game."

Criticism of the league's disciplinary ...

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