Nicklas Backstrom, Sweden prep for gold medal game

February 21, 2014

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SOCHI, Russia — The Olympic chatter around the Capitals’ locker room this season has always focused on Alex Ovechkin competing in his home country, but it’s his Washington teammate Nicklas Backstrom who will find himself playing in the gold medal game Sunday.

Backstrom tallied an assist in Sweden’s 2-1 semifinal win over Finland on Friday. He and his teammates now must wait and watch the United States-Canada semifinal to learn their Sunday foe.

“I think they’re pretty similar teams,” Backstrom said. “They have a really good lineups on the rosters, obviously. But whoever we’re going to play, we’re going to be excited to play that game.”

Backstrom, who now has four assists in five Olympic games, said he has no preference and thinks Sweden matches up well withi both.

“They have pretty much the same style of playing, I think,” he said of the American and Canadian teams. “They’re two really good hockey teams. The only thing I know is it’s going to be a tough game on Sunday, whoever it’s against.”

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Rick Maese is a sports features writer for The Washington Post.
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