Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom is in the concussion protocol. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom in concussion protocol, will miss Game 2 vs. Islanders

The Washington Capitals will be without star forward Nicklas Backstrom for Game 2 of their first-round Stanley Cup Playoffs series against the New York Islanders on Friday. 

Capitals head coach Todd Reirden announced the news Thursday, saying Backstrom is in concussion protocol. 

Backstrom took a hit from Anders Lee early in Wednesday's 4-2 loss and didn't return after the first period.

Backstrom had just put the puck deep into the Islanders' zone when Lee lined him up with a blindside hit. After fighting with John Carlson, Lee also was issued an interference penalty. 

The NHL Department of Player Safety deemed the hit was not worthy of supplemental discipline. 

Washington was outraged with the hit, and Reirden even called it "predatory" while Carlson described it as "dirty." 

Game 2 between the two teams is scheduled for Friday at 8 p.m. ET. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. Although many think Boston sports fans are insufferable, Erin tries to see things from a neutral perspective. Her passion is hockey, and she believes defense wins championships. In addition to covering sports for Yardbarker, she covers Boston sports for NBC Sports Boston. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90

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