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.
Backstrom said he had two fractures in his finger, no surgery is needed.
— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) June 13, 2018
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.
Backstrom says he’ll spend his day with the #StanleyCup in his hometown of Gavle 🇸🇪 . Burakovsky *might* get an invite to the party. Hahaha.
— Tarik El-Bashir⌨️🎙🏒 (@TarikNBCS) June 13, 2018
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:
Backstrom about team possibly breaking up: It sucks, but when you look back on this 10 to 15 years from now we’ll always have this special group.
— Ed Frankovic (@EdFrankovic) June 13, 2018
By Michael Marzzacco