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Posted at 3:11 PM ET, 02/23/2011

Boudreau 'confident' Nicklas Backstrom's injury is not serious

By Katie Carrera

Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom did suffer a small fracture in his thumb Monday night in Pittsburgh, as was also tweeted by TSN's Bob McKenzie a few minutes ago.

Coach Bruce Boudreau said he expects Backstrom, who has yet to miss a game in his NHL career and rarely misses practice, to take part in the team's workout on Thursday and is optimistic that the top-line center won't miss any time.

"We'll see tomorrow how he's feeling," Boudreau said. "He's going to practice and I'm confident it's not serious; everything that's been told to me is that it's not bad at all. The absolute worst-case scenario is he might miss the weekend -- might. Anyone that knows Nick and how tough he is knows it takes a lot to hold him back."

By Katie Carrera  | February 23, 2011; 3:11 PM ET
Categories:  Injuries, Nicklas Backstrom  
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They said the same thing about Green.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 23, 2011 3:33 PM | Report abuse

@tom, true but head injuries are a lot harder to perdict then thumbs. This sounds good but I wonder if it is true or is just us trying to make teams think we aren't in as big of trouble as we really are for trading reasons.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 23, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Nicky will be back this Friday.

Posted by: ttn703 | February 23, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Hope this is true.

Posted by: TimeForACup | February 23, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse


For a guy who has named himself after the biggest Pansie in the NHL, you got a lot of stones going after Cstanton and tominsocal. If your boy played with just an ounce of pride and passion, we could have dumped the Habs. Instead, my enduring memory of Semin is the Rags game fight.

What a fruitcake! Can't even close his hands into a fist. And this guy is going to play injured through 16 post season wins ? Only GMGM is arrogant enough to believe Semin has ANY chance of Hoisting the punch bowl. Get out of here !

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 23, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

@ icehammer

That's what I was thinking too. "Might miss the weekend." Oddly enough, the trade deadline occurs right after the weekend.

Posted by: TimeForACup | February 23, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

You're ahead with 30 secs to play. You are coach and you need the crease cleared. Do you put out there Hannan and Ersk or Poti and Schultz?

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 23, 2011 3:18 PM

ovi - to see if he can get an empty netter. who cares about the crease?

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 23, 2011 3:38 PM

See, Capt, I knew you were BB in disguise.

Huntsy: SAOTI is 100% OK by me.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 23, 2011 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Boudreau says all is well, what that means is Nicky is in a cast from his arm pit down to the tips of his fingers but other teams won't notice it, right bruce ????

Posted by: bqts | February 23, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons with more info on thumb fractures than anyone wants to know:

My fingers (thumbs?) are crossed it's some sort of "hairline" fracture that a splint or small cast can at least protect. I would think it's less a question of pain than whether Backy can be effective with some sort of cast or splint on the thumb (if that's necessary); and whether he'd risk more serious damage that would require surgery, by playing with such an injury (esp. if some clown slashed that hand again).

Mind you, I'm not a doctor and I don't even play one on TV. :) It's just, I don't think a thumb fracture is "nothing" or that any bone fracture magically heals itself without at least being "set" and protected in some way.

Posted by: blackjack65 | February 23, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"For a guy who has named himself after the biggest Pansie in the NHL..."

Anyone who plays in the NHL is not a pansie. End of story.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | February 23, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

blackjack: I had a broken leg (fibula). It needed no setting and no protection. I kept walking (limping, was swollen) on it (doctor said OK) and it healed itself over about 12 weeks.

The two bones send out fibers and reconnect the bone together. This bone, non-weight bearing, is for jumping and balance. There was never any pain, just the swelling. The joke at work then as Manny Ramirez missed six weeks MLB with broken finger and I missed one day broekn leg was that cost estimators sure are tougher than baseball players.

I've also had broken knuckle (mallet finger, actually snapped tendon) that I left to heal by itself. This particular finger only gets about 90% straight. There was minor pain for a few weeks.

Bones heal themselves. (Obviously not compound fracture.) They don't always have to be set. The thumb though will hurt like heck if re-slashed.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 23, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

No one has said whether the injured thumb is on his top hand or his bottom hand. That makes a difference and could determine whether or not he can play. BTW, a fracture is still a broken bone.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | February 23, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse


Love your posts ! You're nuts !

Many of us are years beyond the "just relax and enjoy the game Dude". This franchise has been mismanaged since 1974.
All we're asking for is the same dedication to organizational excellence that the Pens, Flyers, Devils, Wings, Habs and Ducks fans enjoy. Nothing more !!

If you didn't see the stark contrast between the Pens organization and the Caps during the HBO special, you need to become a Wiz fan full time. We deserve better after 36 years. When long time fans openly joke on this site and at games about whizzing on Abe's grave, you know that we are a seriously abused fan base. And, we are !!!

All we can do is keep stirring the pot and keep informing people that other NHL Hockey fans don't go through this nonsense.

This team has never had a top flight coach. A winner. A guy who really kicks butt, and is willing to die trying to win the Cup. We also have never had a great GM.
A GM truly experienced at capturing "play off type" guys. The day J.R. walked out of GMGM's office, I knew we were screwed. I did not want a Pen who was known to have motivational problems. I never like Jagr.

It time to win the Cup, and that starts the day after we exit early AGAIN. Fire GMGM the morning after the game 7 at home loss.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 23, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse


Semin is Begonia then !

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 23, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I want this team to win a Cup largely because I'm a DC native and want to at some point in my lifetime experience the sight of my hometown team hoisting the Cup. Another reason, though, which is quickly moving up the list is that I want THIS team (with McPhee/Boudreau at the helm, with this current group of players) to win so that it will muzzle the cstantons, hunterforcoaches, vermontcaps of the world, people who I am convinced would rather see the team lose than to be proven wrong by having a team which isn't built to their liking win a Cup.

Posted by: MadCap1 | February 23, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse


Thanks sir.


Uh, when did "go after" tom and cstanton?

And you may not be a fan (putting it loosely) of Semin. But I like watching him play, the guy is just beyond talented. And can I help it that I find bongo music enjoyable and soothing while sipping on mai tais or pinacoldas on the beach. But Im sure that is purely coincidental. ;)

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 23, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I hope the Caps play it cautiously with Backstrom like they should have with Green. The Caps are going to get in the playoffs and whether it's as division winner or the 4th - 6th seed, they'll likely play TB, Pittsburgh, Montreal or NY. Chances of slipping to 7th or 8th seems pretty unlikely even if Backstrom misses a couple of weeks.

Hopefully, this makes GMGM realize that a legit 2nd line center is a necessity, not a need, going into the playofs. Unlike some teams, the Caps have ZERO depth at center with two rookies and faceoff specialist behind Backstrom. It probably hurts his leverage with other GM's who know Backstrom is hurt and the Caps need to make a deal.

Posted by: wizfan89 | February 23, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom did suffer a small fracture in his thumb Monday night in Pittsburgh, as was also tweeted by TSN's Bob McKenzie a few minutes ago.

Am I the only one who thinks there's something wrong with this picture??

Does being a beat reporter for this team mean you just report the Tweets of a reporter who's NOT even in this country???

How about walking up to Backs and asking him herself???

Posted by: joek443 | February 23, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse


You've got it wrong, my friend. Believe it or not, I think we could still win the Cup this year even if we don't make any trades and despite our shortcomings. But for that to happen, I'm afraid too many variables would now have to fall into place. I won't throw in the towel until the last game has been played.

I will say I'm less scared of the Bruins after the Stuart/Wheeler trade, so I guess that could help our chances.

Posted by: vermontcaps | February 23, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse


I'm nuts? Excuse me?!?!?!

Better back off now, boy-o!!

If you ever actually read my posts instead of just skimming them for stuff you can pick apart (like any other fact-ignoring, science-denying neo-Luddite), then you would realize that...

Oh, forget it. You can't even spell "pansy" correctly, so reasoning with you is a complete waste of time.

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 23, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

"thumbs" up!!


Posted by: cordobes17 | February 23, 2011 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Nicky is a stud. the guy practices and plays hard. Hasn't had the season he had last year but he doesn't get enough credit for his defensive zone play either. --

This says it all - "..he expects Backstrom, who has yet to miss a game in his NHL career and rarely misses practice.."

Glad to hear it's not serious!

Posted by: rskinsfan | February 23, 2011 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Yep, lets play Backstrom so that Avery and Dubinsky can keep stick tapping him on the thumb at every opportunity. Someone needs to steal the "lets dress a somewhat injured guy and get him perma-****ed for the playoffs" award from the Penguins this year.

Posted by: yellowtail99 | February 25, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

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