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With leading scorer Alex Ovechkin out sick with bronchitis, Dynamo Moscow needed someone to pick up the slack against rival Dinamo Riga on Monday. That person was Nicklas Backstrom.

With three seconds left in the first period, Backstrom scored his first career KHL goal, deflecting Filip Novak’s shot past Dinamo goaltender Mikael Tellqvist while on the power play.

Video below.

Nice hand/eye coordination.

In 17:08 of ice time, Nicky (still wearing Gretzky’s #99) had one shot, the aforementioned goal, and won a ridonkulous 18 of 23 face-offs. He got in a little bit of a scuffle too.

No hug! Punch!

Dynamo will next play on Friday against Spartak. Until then, enjoy a few more pictures of Backstrom from today’s game via

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  • boutros23

    That scuffle looked more like a prelude to an angry kiss. Who could blame him?

  • David

    Could not believe Nicky didn’t finish that chance on the doorstep (third photo)!

    Whole game can be replayed on ESPN3 for those interested.

  • Livia

    Looks like Nicky’s timing is coming back very quickly! It’s great to see him playing again.

    After watching the first period on ESPN3 with Canadian announcers, I watched the highlights on the KHL site. The play-by-play guy pronounces Backstrom “Byackstryom.” It has a nice ring to it! Also, I saw that our own Alexandre Giroux was on the ice for Dinamo Riga. His name the announcer pronounced, “Sjah-ROOO.”

  • sentientcheese

    well.. when no one marks a man down low like that and lets him hang by the goal… still, good of Backis to see the ice.

  • Nick’s ice time was actually 17:08 and he won 18/23 (78.3%) of faceoffs.
    At least, according to:

  • Simon, at the time we published yesterday (which was a few hours after the game), those were the numbers the KHL actually had on their game sheet. So thanks for the heads up. I’ll update my post. Thank you!

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