Photo credit: Mitchell Layton
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!
Priscilla A. (@pc__tweets) should have just drawn Jesus and sold it on eBay, but who are we to judge.
Perri (@not_a_platypus) tells us that she writes NB19 on her arm before every Caps game. Not shown: the “TIESTOHEALS” inscription on her right wrist.
@depeloubet calls this the Comebackstrom Pizza. I call it, um, a Pizza with Extra Swede.
@fillpot227‘s cat Zola knew exactly where to perch as soon as she heard the Backstrom news. But she probably was just moved there. Still cute.
Savanna D. (@SavvyCake) tells us she wore these custom made shoes.
@PenSuck87 did what every good college student does — put up ridiculous wall art.
Here’s longtime readers @amberlynne and @hotpinkhope sporting their ‘Swedish Mafia: Efficient, But Deadly’ t-shirts (featuring Backstrom and Johansson’s autographs) at the game. Not shown: Chris waving like an idiot from the press box.
Here’s Heather H.’s lovely sign she held up for Backstrom during warm-ups.
Wow, this chorus is pretty catchy. Great work, CAPS Basketball! Check out the lyrics here.
Garoun (@Loupyn) sent us this during the game. So who’s Skeletor in this metaphor?
Chris (@GoCaps22) shows off his Backstrom jersey at the Preds game. Way to get up on the glass, dude! That takes some real stones!
@DanHicksy spotted this fan wearing Backstrom’s Swedish Digs in the Caps Team Store before the game. We all feel fancier already.
Jake S. (@K1ngSm3ar) tells us he wore his Backstrom jersey Saturday for the first time in 90 days. She wasn’t the only one.
Here’s @robinhartcarrol sporting her Backstrom shirsey and behind-the-back photography skills.
Roxy (@capsxorxgtfo) shows off her Backstrom jersey and Caps hat. I dig the couch.
The 19 jersey was also Jessie M.’s (@jessiemartin) wardrobe for the day.
Finally, let’s end this right by showing off the sign Rachel (@kat326) made for Nicky, Saturday.
Here’s her Mom showing it off before the game.