Six-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin has been named an early favorite to win the award yet again. With 2/1 odds, Bovada has Ovechkin beating out the likes of Vladimir Tarasenko, Patrick Kane, and Steven Stamkos. Should Ovechkin score more goals than any other player this season, he’ll win the award for five consecutive seasons.
Filip Forsberg is a weapon on the ice. In just two seasons in the NHL, he’s become one of the league’s most prolific goal-scorers, with 33 tallies last year and 26 in his rookie campaign.
Now the newly minted 22-year-old has been compared to Alex Ovechkin, one of the greatest scorers of all-time. It’s just one more stab in back for Caps fans by reporters who refuse to forget Forsberg’s trade for Martin Erat in 2013 by former Caps general manager George McPhee. Oh wait.
“He reminds me of playing with Alex with his quick release,” Nicklas Backstrom, who centers Ovechkin and has played with him his entire NHL career, told Dan Rosen of NHL.com on Friday. “He loves shooting the puck. He loves to go to the net. He loves creating stuff. In that way he reminds me of Ovi.”
The Swedes have narrowed the gap on Team North America. Down two goals late in the first period, the Swedes got a power play opportunity and your favorite blonde NHL center Nicklas Backstrom one-timed a rebound past John Gibson. Former Caps draft pick Filip Forsberg got the assist.
Before the beginning of the Sochi Olympics, Alex Ovechkin spoke with Jill Sorenson and spoke about something strange. The Russian machine said that he would check Team Sweden center and Caps teammate Nicklas Backstrom in an Olympic game if the opportunity presented itself, but admitted that doing so would be “weird.”
On Sunday, things got super weird. Ovechkin delivered on that promise, nailing Backstrom behind the net during Russia’s opening World Cup of Hockey game against Sweden.
Sorry, Philipp Grubauer.
Coming off of a 6-3 win over Team Finland, Team Sweden made their way to D.C. and held their evening practice tonight at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
Caps center and our sweetheart, Nicklas Backstrom took the time to talk with the media about a pile of issues including line-mate chemistry, how the world cup format compares to the Olympics, and much more.
“It’ll be nice to play in front of the home crowd and hopefully they will cheer us on,” Backstrom said to reporters while flashing an innocent grin. Don’t worry, we will.
The team is gearing up to play their next game at the Verizon Center on Wednesday, September 14th vs. Team Europe at 7:00 p.m. EST. Here’s the full transcript of Backstrom’s meet-up with the press.
Last week, we wrote about Filip Forsberg and how Team Sweden has him lined up next to Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. We’ve learned today just how Filip feels about that.
Sunday night, Forsberg talked to Katie Brown, NHL.com’s Washington correspondent. Forsberg let her know that when he was drafted by the Caps in 2012 that it became a dream of his to play on a line with fellow Swede Nicklas Backstrom.
Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom just scored his first World Cup of Hockey goal in Sweden’s 6-3 drubbing of Finland. Coming into the game, the line of Filip Forsberg, Backstrom, and Patric Hörnqvist received criticism in the media after Sweden’s first pre-tournament game earlier in the week.
Saturday at Gothenburg’s Scandinavium, the trio combined for seven points and scored four goals together (Hornqvist 2, Backstrom 1, Forsberg ENG).
After Sweden’s first World Cup of Hockey practice over the weekend, Nicklas Backstrom sat down and spoke with Aftonbladet’s Tomas Ros for a podcast. The interview is a fascinating journey through Backstrom’s career, where he speaks frankly on a number of topics.
Backstrom talks about how he and Liza came up with their baby names, his hole-in-one in Sweden, having his dad’s “grumpy head,” his close relationship with Alex Ovechkin, failing that drug test for an allergy medication in Sochi, the World Cup of Hockey, and how he’d love to end his playing career in the SHL with Brynas.
The Caps center also takes time to thank Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg for the advice he received a decade ago – to stay in Sweden an extra year before starting his NHL career.
Magnus Cadelin has your translation.
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