Laich: That may have been Backstrom's only chance
In front of a crowd of cameras and microphones assembled outside the Capitals’ locker room at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Tuesday, a visibly upset Nicklas Backstrom addressed reporters from Washington to Stockholm on his banning from Sweden’s gold-medal game against Canada on Sunday.
Backstrom, who arrived in Washington on Monday morning, said it is “very sad and disappointing” for him to have missed Sunday’s game, which was won by the Canadians 3-0.
Here is a full transcript of Backstrom’s interview:
On his thoughts on being banned:
“It’s obviously been a couple tough days. I mean, you miss an Olympic final and that’s something you don’t want to do, obviously. Maybe you don’t have that chance again in your career. It’s very sad and disappointing.”
On the medication that led to his banning:
“I’ve had allergies for seven years, since I got here. Everyone that lives in the Washington area knows how bad it is here and it’s been following me. I’ve been taking Zyrtec-D for the last seven years and I haven’t been doing anything differently. I’ve been playing international – World Championships and Olympics – before and I haven’t done anything differently than before. I take one pill every day.
On who he blames for being banned:
“Who do I blame? Well, I followed the doctor’s recommendation.”
On if he will receive a silver medal:
“It’s up to the IOC. We’re still waiting. We talked to the Swedish Federation and we’ll see what’s going to happen. It’s up to them. I heard around two weeks, so we’ll see.
On what he said to Capitals teammates:
“I was talking to the guys today and I said I’ll deal with this on the side. We have a real important situation here in Washington right now. We’re not in a playoff spot and we’ve got to look forward to that. We have a game on Thursday and we’re trying to get ready as we usually are”.
On his mindset moving forward:
“I’m focusing on Washington right now and how we have to be as a team and how we have to win hockey games. That’s what I’m going to do.”
On how it is possible to make a mistake of such magnitude:
“I’m not a doctor.”
On if this leaves a bad taste in his mouth about participating in the Olympics:
“Yeah, obviously. You don’t play in the Olympic final. I was really pumped about that and I was excited and looking forward to that. I mean, I had a great 13 days and the last day was not so good. Other than that I had a great experience.
On whether he would go back to the Olympics in four years:
“I take one day at a time. We’ll see.”
On if this will affect his play moving forward:
“Obviously, it’s not fun to deal with. I don’t wish no one to have to go through this, if you want me to be honest with you. It’s not fun, but I have to look forward to play the next game on Thursday. I have to focus on Washington right now and that’s why I’m here.”
On how he has been treated since Sunday’s ban:
“Everyone who knows me and everyone I play with knows that it’s an allergy medicine, nothing else.”