Nicklas Backstrom missed his fourth straight game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs but it didn’t stop him from hurting his team prior to Game 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Backstrom was seen earlier in the day taking part in drills at the Caps’ morning skate, he even signed a few autographs, with his glove on, for a few fans. By doing so, he prevented anybody from snapping a picture of his injured hand so that we all could figure out what the exact injury is.

A trio of fans decided to get an autograph from the 30-year old forward on an item that many athletes probably have never been asked to sign before.

With Washington leading the series two games to none over the Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals, Backstrom put his John Hancock on the broom the Caps fans hand with them. Of course, when this picture was shared on social media with the caption “He signed our broom cuz we’re getting that 4-0 sweep,” fans went nuts over the jinx that had just occurred.

While the person that posted the picture told everybody that replied that they had faith in their team their fellow fans wasn’t a lack of faith just bad karma for a team that has struggled for years to get to the third round of the playoffs.

Washington had yet to lose a game with Backstrom out of the lineup, described as day to day, but on Tuesday night that all changed as the Capitals fell 4-2 to Tampa on home ice.

In 11 postseason games so far this year, the Swede has three goals and 10 assists, but Lars Eller has filled in nicely on the second line for the Caps. We will have to wait until Thursday to see if Backstrom can draw back into the lineup for Game 4, however a suggestion to him for the future, be a little more careful in what you are signing at this time of the year.

As for the three fans, the original poster took to Twitter following the game to apologise for his and his friends’, all aged 19 or 20, actions. They had not experienced something like this in their lifetime and “got us a little too high. We thought it would be easy, we were wrong.” They are hoping the weather in DC will be better on Wednesday so that they can have a “broom burning exorcism.”