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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:

The cause of the injury was a slash from Kris Letang(notes) that the referees didn't blow the whistle for. After the game the X-Ray showed a fracture in the thumb.

[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).

Backstrom has 53 points in 61 games, but has gone pointless in seven of 10 games in February. If he's out for a bit, expect healthy doses of Marcus Johansson(notes) and Mathieu Perreault(notes).

Beyond his offensive prowess, why is this big news? Because Backstrom's yet to miss an NHL game.

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