There’s a saying I hate: What have you done for me lately? It’s ignorant, brushing off a person’s full contributions. But that’s the attitude among a lot of lippy sports fans, especially on Twitter.
I bring this up because after Nicklas Backstrom missed on his shootout attempt at the end of Sunday’s game, some people got frustrated. I get it– to a point.
Backstrom had him one more point gone
— St-Sonnen (@kylestyle24) March 31, 2014
BACKSTROM WTF YOU HAD THAT!!!
— Anthony Tatta (@Tatta08) March 31, 2014
Fuck ! Even Backstrom let us down tonight ! Common this aint how you gonna get in the playoffs ! #caps
— Eddy DRG (@DrgTwo) March 31, 2014
Guess Backstrom forgot how to lift the puck when he had the goalie on his stomach
— Dane Price (@dane_ishh) March 31, 2014
Backstrom and Grabo both should have scored, big point dropped today
— Evan O'Neill (@E26football) March 31, 2014
Folks, let’s not lose sight of the facts. Backstrom is the only reason the Capitals got a standings point in the first place.
Nicky scored on the power play in the third period with this beautiful shot to the top corner of the net. It tied the game at 3.
He also assisted on both of Troy Brouwer‘s goals, including a nifty pass-to-himself to set up Brouwer’s first tally.
So Nick Backstrom had three points, including the game-tying goal. Maybe we should cut him some slack.
Instead of sniping, might I recommend some self-deprecating humor next time.
Great moves by Backstrom, just couldn't get it up. #StoryOfMyLife
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) March 31, 2014