Don’t look now. Nicklas Backstrom is now a point away from the league-lead in points.
In the first period, the Caps scored three goals and Backstrom tallied two points (one goal, one assist). He registered career point number 700 on TJ Oshie’s opening salvo, which was also Oshie’s career point number 400.
Lost in the hubbub of all the Caps’ dominant wins, Nicklas Backstrom has crept into the league leaders in points.
During his last 18 games, Backstrom’s been arguably the Caps’ best player, tallying seven goals and 20 assists. The Caps’ first-line center now trails Sidney Crosby (60) and Connor McDavid (60) by only three points. Ahead of Saturday night’s games, Backstrom (57) sits in a three-way tie for third with Brad Marchand and Brent Burns.
Tuesday morning, the Capitals announced that then will be hosting a new charity event this month, the Wish Upon a Par golf tournament. Wish Upon a Par will be held on Monday, February 20, at Top Golf in Ashburn, Virginia. Tickets are now on sale and include food, two and a half hours of golfing, a silent auction, and the chance to win various prizes. VIP tickets are also available. All proceeds will go to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation Mid-Atlantic.
Capitals players in attendance will include Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky, John Carlson, Taylor Chorney, Brett Connolly, Philipp Grubauer, Marcus Johansson, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, TJ Oshie, Nate Schmidt, Justin Williams, Tom Wilson, and Daniel Winnik. Alumnus Rod Langway will also be in attendance.
TJ Oshie may never score an easier goal.
After a brilliant saucer pass by Nicklas Backstrom, Oshie was sprung on a breakaway against Tuukka Rask. Oshie, who looked behind himself to confirm he really was that open, deposited the puck five hole. He had no celebration after scoring because that was way too easy.
It appears the old band is getting back together!
Nicklas Backstrom and former Capitals defenseman Mike Green are vacationing together during the All-Star Break. Mike Green’s wife Courtney captured the two former teammates in the pool. Backstrom can be seen playing with Greenie’s son Axel while his red-haired daughter Haley, wearing two pool floaties, is seen swimming in the background.
Nicklas Backstrom is a mild-mannered Swede who shuns the spotlight. That’s why I’m here today to shine that light bright on him.
Early in the second period, the NHL’s reigning first star of the week made a fantastic defensive play, knocking a breakout pass by Conor Sheary out of mid-air. At real speed, it’s cool. The play takes about a half a second to happen.
Monday afternoon the NHL announced its three stars of the week for the week ending January 15th. As part of that announcement, Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has been selected as the league’s number one star. Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand and Carolina Hurricanes forward Brock McGinn were stars two and three.
Fresh off his 500th assist, Backstrom led the league in assists and point during the week of January 15th, with 7 assists and 10 points respectively. He is now 10th in scoring league wide, with 42 points in 43 games played.
This follows up Braden Holtby’s third star selection last week.
The Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers played a mostly sleepy game through 40 minutes. Then the third period happened.
Washington exploded for four goals in five minutes. To complete the scoring, Nicklas Backstrom found Justin Williams with a no-look, between-the-legs pass. The tally gave the three-time Stanley Cup champion his 14th goal of the season.
It was Backstrom’s second stunning assist of the period.
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