Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom got a sweet surprise when he joined the national broadcast during the team’s tilt with the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.
Backstrom made his way up to the broadcast booth to check in with NHL on TNT for a bit as the second period got underway between the Capitals and Flyers on Wednesday. There, commentators had a birthday cake waiting for him.
The Swede, who turned 35, was appreciative and said he’s been feeling good of late, and also joked that it was his 25th birthday.
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Backstrom has been skating again and taking part in a couple of morning skates with the club while also getting some individual on-ice work in. He has been skating in a non-contact jersey and is optimistic that he will return to play at some point.
No. 19 is recovering from hip resurfacing surgery in the offseason, a procedure that not many have come back from in their careers. For the first time since 2015, Backstrom said that he is pain-free.