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Backstrom Agrees

Nicklas Backstrom
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As loyal readers know, LCS Hockey is huge in Sweden. The Swedes love us. I can't walk down the street in Stockholm.

Well, one of our Swedish correspondents found an interesting article in his local Swedish newspaper. Washington's Nicklas Backstrom discusses the playoff loss to the Pens, and he isn't scared to say Kid Crosby is the best player in hockey.

Here's the translation...

Quick summary of Game 7 and how disappointed Bäckström was, leaving the arena without facing the media.

Backstrom: I feel better now, I'm alright.

"Bäckis" (his nickname) assures, now one day after the game. He sounds composed, now that the worst disappointment seem to have gone away.

Backstrom: They really were a lot better than us. Can't do anything about that now.

Reporter: It's easier coping with a loss like this rather than another OT game?

Backstrom: That's exactly what we said to each other in the dressing room afterwards. Losing another close game would've been worse. Truth is we were a bit too content to win a Game 7 like this one. It didn't feel like that before the game, but it probably was that way.

Reporter talking about their young and less experienced team.

Backstrom: Pittsburgh has some young guys too, but you might be on to something there. We weren't quite ready yet, said "Bäckis", who's very impressed by the opposition.

Backstrom: I think Pittsburgh can win the Stanley Cup. Personally I'd like that now. They are a really good team.

"Bäckis" also praises Sidney Crosby.

Backstrom: Playing like he did against us now, he's the best player.

Reporter: The best you've met?

Backstrom: Yeah, Ovechkin is awesome from the red line and forward, but Crosby's awesome all over the rink. We knew how dangerous he is in front of the net, but we couldn't solve him. Maybe it looks like he's lucky a lot, but it's about being in the right place you know, and he almost always is.

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