Thanks to @jp_daddi0 for the screenshot

Back on October 26th in Calgary, Alberta, Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom‘s took a puck to the face. Midway through the second period, the Swede was hit in the jaw by an errant pass from Marcus Johansson. Backstrom, bleeding from his lip, returned to the bench. One of our readers caught him ripping one of his teeth out and handing it to the trainer. Yikes.

Playing the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night, Backstrom endured more facial violence. After recording three assists in the game, Nicky spoke to reporters in the locker room. His smile was somewhat less pearly.

According to the District Sports Page’s Katie Brown, Backy had lost another tooth. How did it happen?

Unlike the mystery of who squirted Troy Brouwer, this story is more straightforward.

After reviewing some game tape with Hana (the world-famous welshhockeyfan), Backstrom lost his tooth during a face-off with 1:37 left in the third period.


GIF by welshhockeyfan

As Backstrom chipped the puck into the corner, Maxim Lapierre nailed Backstrom with the blade of his stick. Nicky immediately clutched his mouth. Lapierre put his arm on Nicky’s shoulder as if to say I’m so sorry, dude.

But sorry can’t bring that beautiful smile back.

Video of Backstrom’s post-game interview where his tooth is missing.

  • Oh god, his beautiful face 🙁

  • Yahn

    haha Maxim’s reaction is great, “aw shit, sorry guy”.


  • William

    He’ll get it sewed back up hopefully. At least, perhaps. I lost my two front teeth playing street hockey and you need to get the teeth back in time (1 hour I think) to have a chance for them to not die. If not, it will take a while and the body will either accept or reject them as non-native objects. Regardless, plastic surgery fixes everything!

  • holtbysaidno

    Is there a comparison between Backstrom’s performance with full smile vs with hockey smile?

  • Gringo Hank

    Backstrom aka the iceman never smiles in-game. Ò_ó

  • troyerlaw

    looks chipped, not lost

  • Graham Dumas

    I’ve gotta say, I really like this. There’s not enough actual contrition after bad hits, etc. I think it’s really classy, and Maxim goes about it in a way that doesn’t harm his team, either (i.e. he doesn’t stop playing).

  • Priscilla Villanueva

    He looks a little self conscious in that video. Cletus Backstrom.

  • brian!

    Good Lord, he looks like Alfred E. Neuman.

  • abrlcklnthewall

    Guessing he leaves his mug looking ugly until after his playing time is over. Ovi said the same thing when asked why he hasn’t fixed his smile up.

  • Hillary

    Makes sense. If they put in a bridge or a permanent fake tooth, and that gets broken, it can do a LOT of damage and prevent any fix later.