KANATA, Ontario -- The Capitals’ eight-game win streak ended Thursday night in Ottawa with a 3-1 loss, but it was an injury suffered by Nicklas Backstrom in the third period that concerned the team.
With about 7 minutes remaining in the game Backstrom was struck in the left arm by a Mike Green slapshot.
“He took a hard slapper from Greenie,” Capitals coach Adam Oates said. “Upper body. We’ll evaluate him tomorrow.”
Green said Backstrom’s arm was bruised pretty badly. Backstrom was getting treatment after the game and was unavailable for comment.
Losing Backstrom for any length of time would be a major blow for the Caps, who have four games remaining in the regular season and are fighting the Winnipeg Jet for the Southeast Division title.
Backstrom leads the club with 38 assists and is second with 44 points, four behind linemate Alex Ovechkin.
“To be honest I don’t know what’s happening with him right now, Ovechkin said moments after the loss. “He’s our guy and I hope he’s doing good.”
The Caps were scheduled to catch a flight for Montreal after the game. Backstrom will be evaluated there on Friday.