Nicklas Backstrom Won’t Need Surgery for Hand Injury

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After some epic celebrations over the weekend and a parade on Tuesday to celebrate winning the Stanley Cup, Capitals players reported to Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday morning to clean out their lockers. Additionally, players conducted final interview sessions with the media. 

The exit interviews weren’t as gloomy as they were the last two years. One big storyline is what Nicklas Backstrom had to say about his right hand. You may recall that Backstrom suffered that injury in Game 5 of the Capitals second-round series against the Penguins. He missed the next four games but returned to action in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Lightning, albeit not quite 100%.

Usually, exit interviews are revealing of injuries that players played through during the playoffs. Last year was such case with Alex Ovechkin‘s knee and hamstring. For Backstrom, there’s great news. He revealed to the media that he had two fractures in his finger and won’t need surgery this offseason.

In other news, Backstrom revealed his plans for his day with the Stanley Cup. He will spend it in his hometown of Gavle, Sweden and made a joke when asked about fellow Swede Andre Burakovsky.

Wednesday was the last day this whole team was together. Some faces may come and go but they will always be a family. This was the closest knit Capitals team of all time and they came through and brought the Stanley Cup to the city of Washington. Backstrom had this to say about his band of brothers:

By Michael Marzzacco

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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