Tuesday night at Verizon Center, Nicklas Backstrom had another one of those sublime performances that have punctuated his ten-year NHL career. And he did it quietly of course.
Backstrom tallied three assists, including the primary apple on Evgeny Kuznetsov’s game-winning goal, to help push the Capitals to a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild – the second best team in the Western Conference.
We’ve all known for years that Nicklas Backstrom is one of the best of the best. Still, it’s always nice when others recognize it too.
WinnersView did just that when they released a video explaining how Backstrom leads all players in the NHL in power play assists (per 60) since the 2012-2013 season. That’s four seasons of consistently kicking butt.
In the video, WinnersView analyzes exactly how Backstrom has been so productive for the Caps when up a man.
After playing poorly in the game’s first 35 minutes and falling behind 3-0, the Washington Capitals responded to the Dallas Stars’ goal outburst late in the second period.
New Caps acquisition Kevin Shattenkirk needled a pass through a Stars’ defenders legs and found Nicklas Backstrom wide open for an easy chip-in steps from the crease.
The goal was Backstrom’s 21st of the season. Of course he scored on Swedish Heritage Night.
Saturday night at Verizon Center, Nicklas Backstrom scored his 20th goal of the season, dismissing division rival Philadelphia in overtime with an unstoppable wrist shot. It was beautiful, it was amazing, and it was clutch.
New Caps acquisition Kevin Shattenkirk tallied his first point, the primary assist, on the goal.
In what could be a response to ongoing injury concerns or a clever bit of gamesmanship, Caps Head Coach Barry Trotz is switching up his line combinations at practice before the Caps take on the New York Rangers.
Mike Vogel reports that Tom Wilson tried out Jay Beagle’s first-line wing spot at practice on Monday, while TJ Oshie is practicing with Brett Connolly and Lars Eller on the third line.
On Monday we found out that the Alzners, Oshies and Winniks are vacationing together in the Bahamas during the Caps’ bye week. Tuesday night, we found out it’s not just the three couples and their kids. The Backstroms and Johanssons are with them, too.
In a post calling it the “Best Valentine’s Day we’ve ever had,” Taylor Winnik shared a photo of the whole 20-person crew, including some unidentified friends or family members, hanging out on the beach at Atlantis Paradise Island.
Monday afternoon, former Capitals forward Michael Latta had some kind words for his “dad” and former teammate, Nicklas Backstrom.
Over the weekend, Backstrom became the fourth player in Caps history to record 700 points, joining Alex Ovechkin (1,017), Peter Bondra (825), and Mike Gartner (789). According to the Caps PR, Backstrom also became and the eighth-fastest active player to reach 700 NHL points (708 GP), trailing Sidney Crosby (497), Jaromir Jagr (557), Ovechkin (579), Evgeni Malkin (580), Patrick Kane (696), Jason Spezza (700), and Joe Thornton (706).
After the Washington Capitals played the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night, Nicklas Backstrom took time to meet with a family who has been through a tragedy. The father, Bryan K., explains.
In late December, tragedy struck my family suddenly, and unexpectedly when my beloved 15-year-old son Jake took his own life. He had been struggling with anxiety and depression for the previous three months since entering high school and we were actively working with doctors, therapists, and the Loudoun County Public School system to try and help him. But sadly, we lost him.
Jake loved playing and watching hockey. On December 7, 2016, Jake and I went to our last hockey game together. The Capitals played the Bruins. Here’s a photo of Jake from the game.
After defeating the Anaheim Ducks 6-4, the Washington Capitals tied a NHL record for offensive prowess during a time in history where goalscoring is down.
The Caps tied the 1970-71 Boston Bruins for the most consecutive home games with five or more goals (11). Saturday marked the Capitals twelfth straight victory at home.
Rookie Zach Sanford scored the record-tying goal after tallying his first NHL goal late in the third period.
Over the last 11 games, the Caps have scored a ridiculous 6, 5, 5, 5, 6, 5, 6, 5, 5, 6 and 6 goals. That’s 60 goals, you guys.
Here are all of Caps tallies from tonight.
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