Photo: Laughing Hyena Tattoos
Last Saturday, during the Capitals’ long break between games, center Nicklas Backstrom tattooed someone. And by tattooed I truly mean he permanently carved a message into someone’s body with needle and ink.
In a video published by Sweden’s biggest newspaper Aftonbladet, Backstrom tattoos the word Skön…t! onto former Swedish Idol judge and hockey/media guy Daniel Breitholtz.
According to Magnus Cadelin, the tattoo is inspired by a joke quote from Backstrom a decade ago.
*Tag team, back again*
Ovi and Backy are reunited, everyone. The usually inseparable duo have skated just 21 minutes together at 5v5 so far this season, but that could be changing as of today.
Some changes to Caps top six at practice this morning: 8-19-77 90-92-65 25-83-14 21-46-43
— Katie Brown (@katiebhockey) November 16, 2015
It remains to be seen if Barry Trotz will use these lines in game action, but Backstrom and Ovechkin skating together in practice is noteworthy. After all, if Ponch and John started working different shifts, but then Ponch came back to day shift, wouldn’t that be noteworthy?
The Capitals would not be denied two points Saturday night. Minutes after Alex Ovechkin’s game-tying goal was washed out due to a questionable goalie interference ruling, Nicklas Backstrom scored literally in the game’s final second to force overtime against the Leafs.
Photo: Patrick McDermott
The Capitals have so many skill players, they’re bound to score at least one pretty goal a game. It happened again Friday against the Blue Jackets.
As Braden Holtby chucked a dump in around the boards, the puck turned to flubber and took a fortunate bounce right onto Alex Ovechkin’s stick. The first line then held a passing clinic in the Columbus Blue Jackets offensive zone.
Photo: Perry Nelson
Things are going very well for the Washington Capitals. At 6-1-0, they lead the Metropolitan Division and are tied for the second most standing points in the league. Heading into Saturday night, several Caps were at or near the top of the league’s leaderboards.
Capitals GM Brian MacLellan should be swinging his pants around his head like a helicopter right now. Let’s recap.
Caps fans know how important Nicklas Backstrom is to the team. For the last eight years, the Swedish center has set his teammates up for big goals (he is the cheese to Alex Ovechkin’s macaroni), yet he rarely gets the credit he deserves. Backstrom has never been selected for the NHL All-Star game, he was snubbed from NHL.com’s list of top-14 centers, and his virtual self isn’t even ranked as a top-10 center in EA Sport’s NHL16. Backstrom seems to fly under the radar.
In September, Yahoo Sports conducted a poll of 27 NHL players on a variety of topics. One of those topics: “Who is the Most Underrated Player in the NHL?” (Note: players could not vote for their own teammates.)
Leading the vote with 15 percent of responses? Nicklas Backstrom.
Saturday night, Nicklas Backstrom returned from offseason hip surgery after missing three regular season games. He didn’t miss a beat. Nicky had a goal and two assists in the Capitals’ 4-1 win over Carolina. It was almost odd how seamlessly he jumped back into the lineup.
After the game, CSN Washington’s Al Koken asked Backstrom what his secret was.
Photo credit: Rob Carr
After three long games, Nicklas Backstrom will return to the lineup after his hip surgery in late may. Last year’s NHL leader in assists will play on the second line alongside Marcus Johansson and Justin Williams. He was cleared for contact by his doctor on Monday.
“We actually decided this a couple of days ago,” Backstrom said Saturday. “I’ve been feeling good and no setbacks. I feel like I’ve been trying my best to get back as fast as possible with no rush. It’s been working out well. Hopefully, it’s gonna be a good one tonight.” (more…)
After rejoining his teammates on the ice at the end of last month, Nicklas Backstrom continues to progress in his recovery from offseason hip surgery. On Wednesday, he took part in a full practice for the first time this season after being cleared for contact by his doctor on Monday afternoon. His return appears to be on the horizon.
“It’s probably gonna be day-to-day,” head coach Barry Trotz said when asked what Backstrom’s status was. “Obviously when a guy gets cleared it falls into a shorter time period. It also depends on how he feels once we bump him around a little bit and check him up.”
Photo credit: Patrick McDermott
Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom shed his baby blue non-contact practice jersey Monday morning. The Swede took rushes with the team’s second line, alternating in drills with Justin Williams, Andre Burakovsky, and Marcus Johansson. While the non-contact jersey is gone, Backstrom is still limited on the ice until he is cleared by doctors.
Backstrom will meet with the surgeon who operated on his hip this week, which will give the team a more accurate timeline on when he can return.
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