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Nicklas Backstrom excited for new chapter as a father

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

As the Capitals made their trip to and from Dallas this weekend for a matchup against the Stars, Nicklas Backstrom couldn’t help but be a little bit nervous during the three-hour flights each way. He and his girlfriend, Liza Berg, were awaiting the birth of their first child and he wanted to make sure he was there to support her, not on a plane.

“Obviously you want to be part of it, when she’s going through labor and delivers,” Backstrom said. “That’s something you want to be here for. It worked out really good.”

Backstrom’s daughter, Haley, was born at approximately 4 a.m. Tuesday, with the Capitals top centerman waiting eagerly to meet her.

“It was probably the best moment in my life so far. It’s just a great feeling when it’s all over,” Backstrom, 25, said. “It’s just long, long wait. You get a combination between nervous and excited but after all, we’re all healthy, feeling good.

“Just staring at her the whole time,” added Backstrom, who joked that he hopes his daughter looks more like her mother as she grows up. “It’s hard to describe the feelings. If you’ve been there yourself you understand it better. It’s a great feeling and we’re just so happy.”

Both mother and baby are expected to head home from the hospital on Thursday. It’s the latest sign that the young guns certainly aren’t so young anymore, what with Backstrom now a dad and both Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green engaged.

“It’s going to be new chapter in my life, in our lives. It’s just great,” Backstrom said. “Instead of laying on the couch after practice I’m going to change a couple diapers. I’m happy to do that.”

>> Coach Adam Oates said Alex Urbom will make his Capitals debut Thursday against the Hurricanes, but his defensive partner is still to be determined.

>> In other news, CSKA acquired the KHL rights to Capitals defensive prospect Dmitry Orlov. Nothing to be alarmed about. It only means that should Orlov play in the KHL, CSKA owns his rights.

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