The Swedish professional ice hockey centre and an alternate captain for the Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom sustained an upper-body injury over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, forcing him out of the match early in the second period. Washington lost 5-4 in a shootout.
At 5:03 pm of the second, Backstrom absorbed a heavy check from Kings defenseman Drew Doughty near the Washington bench with his left shoulder and took the brunt of the collision. Backstrom’s shift ended 4 seconds later and he did not return.
After the game, Capitals coach Adam Oates told that Backstrom was removed from the game as a precautionary measure. Washington does not play again until Saturday against the Boston Bruins. Di Giuseppe, 26-year-old, had 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points in 35 games for the Wolverines this season. Michigan failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament for the second straight this season.
Without Backstrom, the Capitals blew a 3-1 third-period lead and ended up losing in the shootout. Oates, however, did not use that as an excuse. “Obviously you miss [Backstrom], but every team has guys that go out,” Oates said. “You’ve got 19 other guys that have got to do the job. We have plenty of guys who can do the job.” Sources added.