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07:38 AM ET 02.12 | One reason to watch Team Sweden in Sochi will be to see how Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom responds to criticism ... from his family. His 84-year-old grandmother, Britt, told the Swedish newspaper Ostersund-Posten her grandson "will make a fool of himself" in the tournament. "He has played so poorly. For a long time," she says of Nicklas, who has 56 points (11 goals) this season in Washington. Britt isn't a fan of the rest of the Swedish team, either: "On the whole, they've got no game." Swedish teammate Daniel Sedin of the Canucks came to Nicklas' defense. "(Grandma) need not be worried. It's fun to play with Nicklas," he told the newspaper Sportbladet. Not wanting to make his family gatherings any more awkward, Nicklas said he wouldn't comment on his gram.

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February 12, 2014  07:47 AM ET

Grandma and Don Cherry have to meet! I would actually watch that.

February 12, 2014  08:16 AM ET
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Grandma and Don Cherry have to meet! I would actually watch that.

Grandma could probably kick Don's ****. I'd pay money to see that!!

February 12, 2014  08:56 AM ET

Ya really gotta take a long hard look at yourself when your Gammy talks smack

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February 12, 2014  09:21 AM ET

I wonder what Grandma thinks of the coaching abilities of Adam Oates? It certainly sounds like she's been watching Caps games.

February 12, 2014  09:23 AM ET
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Ya really gotta take a long hard look at yourself when your Gammy talks smack

Or maybe she has dementia and she's talking about Ralph

February 12, 2014  09:31 AM ET

She sounds like Granny from the Beverly Hillbillies.

February 12, 2014  09:32 AM ET

You just know the chirpy types are going to eat him alive once they come back to the NHL

February 12, 2014  09:35 AM ET
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Having a European grandmother and speaking from experience, my guess is he married somebody she did not like.

I hope she didn't tear him a new one at the wedding.

February 12, 2014  09:43 AM ET

hahahaha 84 yrs. old and ripping him a new one.
Get her on the NHL network.....

Good thing she lives over there with the govt subsidies; after this, I doubt ole Nicklas is going to subsidize her lifestyle

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February 12, 2014  09:50 AM ET

When Nicklas was three his Grandma used to call him over, " Come here you little SOB''

February 12, 2014  09:59 AM ET
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Nah that's not their MO. They just scowl everytime the disliked significant other is nearby.

Sounds like you speak from experience

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February 12, 2014  10:03 AM ET
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Grandma and Don Cherry have to meet! I would actually watch that.

New segment on Hockey Night in Canada, 'Grandma's Corner with Britt Backstrom'. Wait till you see the jackets she wears.

February 12, 2014  10:22 AM ET
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New segment on Hockey Night in Canada, 'Grandma's Corner with Britt Backstrom'. Wait till you see the jackets she wears.

and I'll bet Ron McLean couldn't handle her like he does Cherry

February 12, 2014  10:23 AM ET
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and I'll bet Ron McLean couldn't handle her like he does Cherry

I can just see her berating him "Ron, why don't you go buy yourself a chin?"

February 12, 2014  10:57 AM ET

Actually it sounds like Grandma might have 'peanuts envy' Did I spell that right.

 
February 12, 2014  11:00 AM ET

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