Nicklas Backstrom will Travel with the Capitals to Pittsburgh, Expected to Play

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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom left the third period of last night’s Game 5 with an upper-body injury. After the game, Barry Trotz said he’ll be further evaluated on Sunday. With the team having a well-deserved day off after a big win, Trotz spoke to the media on Sunday afternoon and gave an update on Backstrom.

Trotz said that Backstrom is taking a maintenance day and will travel with the team to Pittsburgh. Trotz also said that Backstrom is expected to play.

However, Trotz also dropped in “we’ll see where he is tomorrow.”

Backstrom blocked a shot with his hand in the first period at 7:36 from a slapshot by Justin Schultz. After that block, he stopped taking face-offs for the rest of the game.

Per Ben Raby of the Capitals Radio Network, Backstrom has played in 107 of the Capitals’ 108 playoff games since 2008 and never missed a playoff game due to injury. He only missed Game 4 of the Caps first round series against the Bruins back in 2012 due to a one-game suspension.

By Michael Marzzacco

Nicklas effin' Backstrom! @capitals take a 3-2 series lead.

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About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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