Found January 04, 2012 on
Rock the Red:
Capitals' Nation held its collective breath last night after watching Calgary Flames forward Rene Bourque deliver a flagrant elbow to the head of Capitals' #1 center Nicklas Backstrom.Â In an environment where even the mention of the word concussion can keep a player out of a game, a blow to the head on a player with a history of migraines was enough to give us pause.Â In that instant, the reality many in hockey circles have conveniently avoided became painfully clear:Â Alexander Ovechkin may be the best athlete and goal scorer on the team, but Nicklas Backstrom is the one player the Capitals cannot afford to lose.Â Losing him would change the landscape drastically and would end the team's chances of winning anything meaningful this season.Â For a team that has been plagued by inconsistency this season and has undergone a complete systems overhaul since the coaching change last month, Backstrom has been the rock the team could depend on every night.Â If Backstrom's w...
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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom is day-to-day with a suspected head injury and will be re-evaluated Wednesday.Backstrom took an elbow to the head from Calgary Flames winger Rene Bourque during Tuesday's 3-1 Capitals victory. He skated one more shift before leaving the game for good.Bourque faces a disciplinary hearing with the league and may face his second suspension...
Rene Bourque committed a holding penalty in the game's first minute, giving Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals enough momentum to last the entire game.
In the third period of the losing cause, Bourque lifted his right elbow into the head of Nicklas Backstrom, who had earned assists on all three Capitals goals.
''The puck isn't even close,'' Capitals...
There's a certain instinct needed to make the perfect pass. Nicklas Backstrom has it. On Tuesday night, the Washington Capitals' star center showed he can turn that instinct on at a moment's notice, making a couple transcendent plays that had immediate impact in the 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames ...
The Washington Capitals will keep a close eye on Nicklas Backstrom for the next few days after the center took an elbow to the head against the Calgary Flames.
With three straight wins, the Washington Capitals are hot on the ice, and leading scorer Nicklas Backstrom believes the team's struggles this season will benefit them in the long run.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) --The Washington Capitals will keep a close eye on Nicklas Backstrom for the next few days after the center took an elbow to the head against the Calgary Flames.
from Katie Carerra of Capitals Insider, Near the midway point of the third period of Washingtonâ€™s 3-1 win over the Flames on Tuesday, Nicklas Backstrom skated through the neutral zone, passed the puck to a teammate and then was elbowed in the head by Calgaryâ€™s Rene Bourque.
After Bourque struck Backstrom on the left side of his jaw, Backstrom skated toward the boards and leaned...
Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom is practicing again, two days after taking an elbow to the head.
Two weeks ago, Rene Bourque of the Calgary Flames was suspended two games for a questionable hit on Brent Seatbook of the Chicago Blackhawks; a Shanaban on a check that had a significant amount of gray area.
Slightly less gray area on this hit against Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night -- an elbow to the head for which Bourque seemed to go out of his way...
The Washington Capitals were on ice Wednesday for an optional skate as they prepare to travel West on Thursday and take on the Sharks Saturday. Â Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:
The big story of the day was leading scorer Nicklas Backstrom, who suffered a head injury last night when he was elbowed the in the head by Rene Bourque. Â Backstrom's brother, Kristoffer...
Dale Hunter was the owner of the longest NHL suspension at the time when he laid out Pierre Turgeon well after a goal was scored in the 1993 Stanley Cup Playoffs. That wasn't his decision, and on Wednesday as coach of the Washington Capitals he didn't want to insert his ...
Even Matt Cooke would call this one dirty. Late in the Flames-Capitals Tuesday night game, Rene Bourque landed a high elbow across Nicklas Backstrom well after the Caps' center dished the puck away in the neutral zone during Washington's 3-1 win. Check out the video below, compliments of @recordsANDradio.
The Washington Capitals were on ice Thursday as they prepare to take on the San Jose Sharks on Saturday inside HP Pavilion. Â Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:
Nicklas Backstrom was on the ice for practice, and participated fully, taking contact from his teammates and taking part in power play drills. Â He skated on a line with Marcus Johansson and Mike Knuble, and after...
Calgary Flames forward Rene Bourque has been suspended five games by the NHL for elbowing Washington's Nicklas Backstrom in the head. Bourque was given a minor penalty for elbowing Tuesday night for his hit on Backstrom at 10:06 of the third period of Calgary's 3-1 loss at Washington. Backstrom played two more shifts before leaving the game.
Alex Ovechkin and Troy Brouwer scored power-play goals, Nicklas Backstrom had three assists, and the Washington Capitals kept rolling in the New Year with their fourth straight win, beating the Calgary Flames 3-1 Tuesday night.