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Will Backstrom get his silver medal? He says it’s up to the IOC

Feb 25, 2014, 6:44 PM EDT

Nicklas Backstrom AP

It will take about two weeks for Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom to find out if he’ll get a silver medal from Sweden’s Olympic men’s hockey run. Backstrom told that he’s waiting on word from the International Olympic Committee.

As this post notes, receiving that medal might come down to the amount of pseudo-ephedrine found in his “B sample,” as his A sample came in at 190 mg (over the 150 limit).

The 26-year-old discussed his regular use of Zyrtec-D, noting that “everyone that lives in the Washington area knows how bad it is here and it’s been following me.”

“Who do I blame?,” Backstrom said. “Well, I followed the doctor’s recommendation.”

To little surprise, he admitted it’s been a tough few days, although he was positive about his Olympic experience overall. Now he needs to wait to see if he’ll get that sought-after medal to go along with his memories.

In the meantime, the NHL has already released a statement stating that it isn’t likely to be an issue, so he’s doing his best to take the whole situation in stride and avoid distracting his teammates with the situation.

“I was talking to the guys today and I said I’ll deal with this on the side. We have a real important situation here in Washington right now. We’re not in a playoff spot and we’ve got to look forward to that. We have a game on Thursday and we’re trying to get ready as we usually are.”

The Capitals return to action with a road game against the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

  1. rbbbaron - Feb 25, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    I’m picking up a telepathic message: “you can take your medal and stick it”

  2. heynyc61 - Feb 25, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    I would tell the mafia. Sorry IOC to sTICK IT

  3. csilojohnson - Feb 25, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Only one to blame is team doctors.
    Blaming IOC is foolish. The rules are the rules. No matter how stupid they may be. It amazes me his team doctors missed that.
    Hopefully he gets his medal. He deserves it. ( i personally wouldve switched to regular Zyrtec for the olympics. im sure there are other decongestants on the market that are IOC legal. ) The real question is if his doctors knew it was banned above 150, and if they took ANY percautions to keep his levels at or below.

    • pfhockey - Feb 25, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      But he was tested 4 days before the game, and was told two hours prior to the game.

      • bigtganks - Feb 26, 2014 at 2:31 AM

        So what? It may not be courteous but is there a drug testing clause the promises when results are due back? I don’t care if they told him between shifts.

      • pfhockey - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:45 PM

        What?!? What are you saying? It is not only just out of courtesy but also being professional about their job, there is no courtesy in this. I doubt the tests take that long. It’s like they forgot their job during the olympics. Pretty suspicious if you ask me.

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      So stupid rules are acceptable in your world?

      • rrsm53 - Feb 26, 2014 at 7:44 AM

        the guy took an allergy pill get off your high horse. If he tested for PED’s or Roids fine but for Clariton give me a break. Rules are rules some of you are just tools.

  4. csilojohnson - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    No they are not acceptable in my world. That is beside the point. If they had an issue with the rule they shouldve addressed it years ago. Assuming he got lucky in ’10.

    • bigtganks - Feb 26, 2014 at 2:29 AM

      I have no idea why anyone disagrees with you. Rules are the rules. Even if they are stupid his trainers should have known them. Do all of you have “stupid rules” at work? “No wearing jeans. Maybe you have to track your time. Wear a tie. Notify someone about something. Clean your stuff out of the fridge on Fridays regardless of what it is or what it’s in.” They’re all stupid rules that you have to follow and you may not agree with them but you are still held to them.

  5. thesublimeylimey - Feb 26, 2014 at 6:27 AM

    I do feel sorry for the guy, he got royally screwed by the IOC.

  6. subliminalnoize - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Its such a shame it takes something like this to put Backstrom in the spot light. Backs is the sole reason Ovi is who he is, its very sad to see such a great athlete have his name dragged through this media “monkey fecal fight” because of allergy medicine. I really hope he can rebound from this and play his best hockey yet, the guy has been a pleasure to watch since he first laced ’em up in D.C.. He always has had and will have my respect. Stay strong Backy, GO CAPS!!!!(Just don’t flounder out in the first round)

  7. vbcaps - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Backstrom is a class act. Can’t find the article but when he got his big deal with the Caps he bought everyone on the team iPads…

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