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.”
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.
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).
Nicklas Backstrom is one of the best playmakers in hockey and Filip Forsberg is one of the sport’s best finishers. So naturally, they are being paired together on a line for Sweden’s World Cup of Hockey team. The news was first reported by the Swedish news outlet Aftonbladet.
Photo: Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images
Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov weren’t the only Capitals named to a World Championship team. Forward Andre Burakovsky was also tabbed by Team Sweden and played the hero in his very first game.
On Sunday, the Burracuda scored twice in the shootout, including the game-winning shootout tally, to down Switzerland 3-2.
Nicky celebrates his apple. (Photo: Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images)
Washington Capitals forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson will play for a gold medal at the Sochi Olympics. Team Sweden defeated Teemu Selanne and Team Finland 2-1 early on Friday morning (our time) to earn the right. Erik Karlsson scored the game-winning goal and Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves.
While Johansson played only ten minutes and didn’t have much impact on the game, Backstrom certainly did – winning an insane 85% of his face-offs (16 of 19) and assisting on Sweden’s first goal of the night.
Backstrom and Mojo, whatta pic. (Photo: @ErikKarlsson65)
Caps Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson and the rest of Team Sweden were busy on their day off. On Monday, the players traveled to the neighboring mountains in Krasnaya Polyana to watch Sweden win the Cross-Country men’s relay.
Photo via gfhockey
Team Sweden survived a challenge from Latvia on Saturday, winning 5-3 to finish the preliminary round undefeated. But it wasn’t easy.
In the second period, Sweden actually trailed 2-1 until Nicklas Backstrom and Erik Karlsson connected on another power play goal.
Team Sweden pulled out their second straight win this morning, defeating Switzerland 1-0 on a late Daniel Alfredsson goal. That’s cool, but I can’t get past what happened before the game.
Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson rode bikes to their game at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Together. While wearing suits.
Backstrom and Johansson (middle row, center) pose for the team photo.
Unlike Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson didn’t play on Thursday. Instead, Team Sweden held practice and took their team photos.
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