February 22, 2011
Translated reports from foreign-language sources can be choppy waters at times, but usually not when the news is given by the athlete himself.
Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported after the Washington Capitals' 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins last night that Caps' No. 1 center Nicklas Backstrom(notes) suffered a fractured thumb. Via Japers' Rink:
[Backstrom:] "Yes there is a little fracture. It's too bad that it happened but I don't think it feels that bad."
If the young Swede ... will have to watch from the sidelines is unclear at the moment. "I don't know I think I'm day-to-day and right now. I feel ok, but we have to wait and see how it feels in the next couple of days."
The Capitals offered a 'no comment' to the Washington Post before amending that to 'day-to-day' to the Washington Examiner, signaling that it's a short-term injury (although who knows what duration that'll be).
Beyond his offensive prowess, why is this big news? Because Backstrom's yet to miss an NHL game.