Saturday night’s Game Five win against the Pittsburgh Penguins put the Washington Capitals one victory away from advancing past the second round for the first time since 1998. The fans at Capital One Arena roared louder than they have in years.
But the Capitals may be in for a rude awakening in the morning. Nicklas Backstrom, the maestro of Washington’s offense, is hurt. He went down the tunnel to the locker room in the third period of Game Five, which the Caps won 6-3, and did not return to the game.
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz disclosed little about the Swedish pivot’s ailment. Trotz termed it an “upper-body” injury and said the team will know more on Sunday.
Backstrom took just three faceoffs in the game. He took one shift in the third period, finishing the night with only 14:49 of ice time.