Capitals Fans Celebrate The Comebackstrom

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Heading into Saturday’s game against Montreal, Caps fans were excited. For the first time in 3 months, Nicklas Backstrom — Washington’s premiere first-line center — would play in an NHL game. With a handful of contests left and their grip on a playoff spot tenuous, this was literally the best news ever.

Like usual, our readers were a bit creative/bizarre/I’m-not-even-sure-what in expressing their joy for Backy’s return. So weird, in fact, we documented it below. Let’s review!

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Matt Hendricks: The Not So Secret Weapon

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The surprise is that there was no surprise.

With the Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadiens locked at two as the clock hit zero in overtime, Matt Hendricks got ready to take the ice for the shootout. The fourth liner, not one of the highly skilled Russians or Nicklas Backstrom in his grand return, was set to shoot first in the most important gimmick of season — that is, if you don’t count the one 48 hours ago. And once again Hendricks made the moves you know by heart: fake, leg lift, deke, deke, wrist shot, score. Eight goals, 12 opportunities, one move.

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