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Report: Possible shoulder injury for Caps’ Backstrom

Mar 25, 2014, 11:48 PM EDT

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The Washington Capitals apparently held Nicklas Backstrom out of the remainder of Tuesday’s shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings for precautionary reasons. Now the question is what, exactly, is ailing the talented Swede.

Various sources indicate that the 26-year-old did not suffer a concussion. The Capitals are typically labeling it vaguely as an upper-body injury, but CSNWashington.com’s Chuck Gormley reports that it could be a left shoulder issue.

Big picture, that’s good news for Backstrom, although shoulder injuries can leave players sidelined for prolonged stretches in their own right.

For more on the Capitals loss to Los Angeles, click here.

  1. lowenni - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Crap.

  2. cdalton2690 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    This is the worst player the caps can have injured. He does everything, power play, penalty kill, normally the guy who sets up OV on all of his goals. He is a very underrated player in the league I just hope it isn’t a major injury.

  3. charlieconway96 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Doughty dumped him with a heavy hip check, assuming its related to that.

    • lowenni - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:42 AM

      It is. He left the game following it. More info here:

      http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/2014/03/25/nicklas-backstrom-leaves-game-after-hit-from-drew-doughty-at-caps-bench-gif/

      • charlieconway96 - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:07 AM

        Doughty is a beast.

  4. howintensive - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    Well it doesn’t seem as bad as that “splinter” he had last season.

  5. joey4id - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Yikes! Looks like a shoulder injury, and they sometimes take a long time to heal. If he comes back, which they can ill afford loosing him now, he’ll be playing in pain until the season ends. This could be the final blow knocking them out of the playoffs. Their chances of making the playoffs are very slim considering they need to win 6 or 7 of their remaining 9 games.

    • rg3ov8 - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      Thanks for repeating what we all just read Pierre McGuire

      • joey4id - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        And where did you read this?

        The Capitals are typically labeling it vaguely as an upper-body</b? injury, but CSNWashington.com’s Chuck Gormley reports that it could be a left shoulder issue.

    • rg3ov8 - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      Looks like President Kennedy was shot today, could be a serious blow to the Civil Rights movement and the fight against Communisim. Looks like Joe Theismann snapped his leg against the Giants today, could be a serious blow to the Redskins playoff chances. Looks like the space shuttle lost the majority of its heat tiles on blastoff today, could be a serious blow to the chances of a safe return home……..etc etc etc.

      • joey4id - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        Dang! When did all this happen? I missed it. Please send me the links. ;-)

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