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Nicklas Backstrom was missing late in the third period of Game 5 of the Washington Capitals game against the Pittsburgh Penguins and something seemed off with him throughout the night. Backstrom played a total of 15:55 and had two blocked shots and won 33.3% of face-offs.
One of Backstrom’s blocks came at 7:36 in the first period when he blocked a shot from Justin Schultz that hit his hand. After that point, Backstrom didn’t take any more face-offs after that point in the game.
12:23 left in the 1st period. backstrom blocked a shot from schultz. looks like it might have hit his hand. he didn’t take any faceoffs after that. pic.twitter.com/mB3a84UyWG
— b. (@hoosierbea) May 6, 2018
After the game, coach Barry Trotz told the media that he suffered an upper-body injury and that they’ll know more tomorrow.
Nick Backstrom has an upper body injury. We’ll get more info tomorrow, Barry Trotz says. Huge story to watch there. Wouldn’t confirm Backstrom was hurt coming into this game.
— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) May 6, 2018
There will not be a practice tomorrow but Trotz will address the media at 2:30 p.m. It is around that time when we should know more. If Backstrom is indeed hurt and will miss time, the Capitals will be without three significant forwards heading into Game 6.
By Michael Marzzacco