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'Sneaky' Swede Backstrom surprises Lightning with hat trick

'Sneaky' Swede Backstrom surprises Lightning with hat trick

Coach Barry Trotz on Nicklas Backstrom: "When we needed something to happen, he made it happen." baltimoresun.com/sports Capitals@Panthers Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus Here came the hats, fluttering onto the ice — confetti for the soft-spoken center who, as the celebration roared, barely cracked a smile. Verizon Center pulsed Saturday night, as hard as it has at any point during this Washington Capitals season. Workers shoveled the hats into garbage bins. And near center-ice, teammates mobbed and hugged Nicklas Backstrom, for whom one muted fist pump was enough. Coach Barry Trotz earlier this week had called Backstrom "sneaky dirty,"...

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