Nicklas Backstrom played in his first game since the Capitals’ season ended in heartbreaking fashion Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
After arriving in Germany early Sunday morning, Backstrom got his insurance papers certified and participated in Team Sweden’s morning skate. Hours later, Backstrom suited up in Sweden’s second-to-last preliminary round game against Denmark. Backstrom scored a goal and tallied an assist while skating on a line with William Nylander and Oscar Lindberg. Nylander had three points (two goals and an assist).
After the game, Backstrom was interviewed by Swedish television’s TV4. Ida Bjornstad, who is the girlfriend of Nashville’s Mattias Ekholm, conducted the interview.