Photo credit: Nick Wass
Just past 7 pm, with multiple spotlights shining on him, a beautiful blonde Swede with terrible facial hair stepped on the ice at Verizon Center. Nicklas Backstrom, the 48th best player in the league according to The Hockey News, was back. He would waste no time making his presence felt. With the Capitals on the power play 15 minutes into the first period, which Washington dominated, Nicky set up TJ Oshie to open the scoring.
The Capitals continued control play through 40, but an inability to put the biscuit in the basket kept the Hurricanes in it.
But guess who added some insurance: none other than Nicklas Backstrom with a textbook half-wall, pinball, five-hole wrister. The Canes would get one back when Jeff Skinner beat Holtby on a three-on-two, but John Carlson sealed the deal on the power play. Alex Ovechkin added another, his third goal in three games. Caps top Canes 4-1!