Our long national nightmare is over. After eight seasons of being ignored, Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has finally been recognized as what he is: an all star and one of the game’s best players.

On Wednesday, the NHL announced that Backstrom along with goaltender Braden Holtby and head coach Barry Trotz will be joining Alex Ovechkin in Nashville for this year’s three-on-three tournament thing. Holtby hasn’t lost in regulation since December 10, 2015, while Trotz has led the Capitals to the league’s best record.

This will be both Holtby’s and Backstrom’s first all-star game appearance. Backstrom’s first nomination comes in his ninth season pro. Meanwhile, Trotz will coach the Metropolitan Division all stars.

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Last November, former Swedish Idol judge and hockey/media guy Daniel Breitholtz did a bit where Nicklas Backstrom literally tattooed his arm at a DC tattoo parlor for a video on Aftonbladet, Sweden’s biggest newspaper. For their next trick, Backstrom and Breitholtz teamed up to mess with Caps’ Swedes Marcus Johansson and Andre Burakovsky.

The prank was pretty basic. Host Daniel Breitholtz is supposed to conduct a serious interview with Johansson and Burakovsky. But what they don’t know is Breitholtz is getting all of the questions from Caps center Nicklas Backstrom through his earpiece. Once Marcus is let in on the prank, they team up to continue the fun against a very confused Burakovsky.

There’s a reference to Swedes on bikes.

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The Capitals have been outshot and outplayed by the Carolina Hurricanes through the first two periods, but still managed to be tied entering the third period. That’s because of Super Swede Nicklas Backstrom and his sensational, Joe Sakic-esque snapshot.

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As the Capitals finished off their ninth straight win on Wednesday, the sellout crowd roared in approval of the NHL’s best team. But 20 minutes later, there were only hushed gasps from the press corps as head coach Barry Trotz explained how costly Washington’s 28th had been.

Jay Beagle, who left the game with 5:52 left in the second period, will need upper-body surgery. Though Trotz refused to say what the injury was, the coach said Washington’s third line center, who has tallied six goals this season, will be out “for an extended period of time.” He is expected to be placed on injured reserve shortly.

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The Perfect Tree Toppers For Your Caps-themed Christmas Tree


The holidays are upon us. The gifts are wrapped, you’ve listened to our holiday office party podcast, and all that’s left is to put the finishing trimmings on the tree. And if you don’t have something for the top of your tree, like RMNB reader Dave, you get a little creative.

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It’s the holiday season, so the Capitals decided to give us a gift: more photos of their new third jersey! Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom modeled the full getup, which includes the new helmet, pants, and socks. It looks great.

The Caps as a team will first wear the new gear next Wednesday against the Ottawa Senators at Verizon Center.

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Mike Green played his first game in Verizon Center since signing with a three-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings over the offseason. The Capitals honored Green with a short tribute video on the jumbotron, just like they had previously with Joel Ward and Eric Fehr.

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A little old lady almost paid the ultimate price for a show of bravado between Caps forwards Brooks Laich and Nicklas Backstrom when they raced each other up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial last month.

Let me set the scene: Earlier in November, some Caps fans bid on the opportunity to tour the nation’s capital with Caps players on Segways. That tour happened on November 22 when Laich, Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky, and Marcus Johansson set out to cause a ruckus while trying to avoid any career-threatening injuries.

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Photo: Laughing Hyena Tattoos

Last Saturday, during the Capitals’ long break between games, center Nicklas Backstrom tattooed someone. And by tattooed I truly mean he permanently carved a message into someone’s body with needle and ink.

In a video published by Sweden’s biggest newspaper Aftonbladet, Backstrom tattoos the word Skön…t! onto former Swedish Idol judge and hockey/media guy Daniel Breitholtz.

According to Magnus Cadelin, the tattoo is inspired by a joke quote from Backstrom a decade ago.

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Alex Ovechkin and Nick Backstrom Practicing On Same Line

*Tag team, back again*

Ovi and Backy are reunited, everyone.  The usually inseparable duo have skated just 21 minutes together at 5v5 so far this season, but that could be changing as of today.

It remains to be seen if Barry Trotz will use these lines in game action, but Backstrom and Ovechkin skating together in practice is noteworthy. After all, if Ponch and John started working different shifts, but then Ponch came back to day shift, wouldn’t that be noteworthy?

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