Playing the Atlanta Thrashers on October 5th, 2007, Nicklas Backstrom scored his first NHL point, an assist on Michael Nylander’s power-play goal. Five-hundred games and 2,570 days later, the 26-year-old Swedish center has scored his 500th career point, a power-play assist on a John Carlson goal.
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The goal tied the game 1-1. That’s six points in six games for Backstrom to start the season.
Matt Pettinger, is that you?
With an assist tonight, Nicklas Backstrom becomes the first player from the 2006 draft to reach 500 points. Beats Toews, Kessel, Giroux
— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) October 23, 2014
Only 5 active players reached 500pts faster than @backstrom19 (501 GP): Crosby (369), Ovechkin (373), Malkin (413), Jagr (419), Heatley(456)
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 23, 2014
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