Nicklas Backstrom Will Not Play In Game 2, “He Is In (Concussion) Protocol”

Washington Capitals’ center Nicklas Backstrom will not play in Game 2 of the Capitals first round series with the New York Islanders.

Backstrom was levied a blind hit from Islanders’ captain Anders Lee in the first period of the Capitals 4-2 loss to the Islanders in Game 1 on Wednesday.

Capitals’ head coach Todd Reirden called out Anders Lee for the hit. “It was a late hit on a player who wasn’t expecting it,” Reirden said, “It was predatory.”

John Carlson also voiced his displeasure with the hit in a postgame media session: “It looked real dirty to me,” he said.

After the game, Islanders head coach Barry Trotz had a different take on the hit.

“Anders is making a hockey play. I don’t know if Nick was ready or not. Anders is a strong guy, the hit was made and they responded, he and Wilson fought and that was probably the end of it. We’ll see.”

Trotz was asked about Todd Reirden calling the hit “predatory” following Islanders practice on Thursday.

Despite the appearance of the hit, the league will not be reviewing the play for possible supplemental discipline.

The Capitals and Islanders are set for Game 2 Friday night at 8:00 p.m.

By Jon Sorensen

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Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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