After playing poorly in the game’s first 35 minutes and falling behind 3-0, the Washington Capitals responded to the Dallas Stars’ goal outburst late in the second period.
New Caps acquisition Kevin Shattenkirk needled a pass through a Stars’ defenders legs and found Nicklas Backstrom wide open for an easy chip-in steps from the crease.
The goal was Backstrom’s 21st of the season. Of course he scored on Swedish Heritage Night.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) March 7, 2017
Shattenkirk’s vision on this pass is unbelievable.
Shatty has earned an assist in two straight games with the Caps.
Check out how happy these Swedish Caps fans were.
Backstrom has three goals in his last four games. According to the Caps PR, Backstrom has tallied 19 points in his last 16 games (8g, 11a) and earned a point in 22 of his last 28 games (12g, 24a).
The goal helped make up for two earlier blunders by the Swedish center. Backstrom committed a bad turnover on the Stars’ second goal of the night. He also nullified a power play after taking a tripping penalty.
The Stars second goal
1. Alzner needs to be harder on the puck
2. Oshie deflected the clearing pass for some reason
3. NB19 gets a mulligan pic.twitter.com/DY9MLTUG09
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) March 7, 2017
But his second-period goal made all his Swedish superfans forget all about that.
— Gene Wu (@TheWuWu) March 7, 2017
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