The Capitals went to the garden state to play the undefeated New Jersey Devils and came away with a convincing 5-2 victory. Led by a dominant two-way performance from Nicklas Backstrom, the Caps put together an organized and efficient performance that we hadn’t really seen yet this season.
They out-attempted the Devils 43 to 37 at five-on-five and outshot them 28 to 23. When you adjust those numbers for score and venue, the possession gets even more lopsided in favor of the team from DC.
Normally I’d highlight an unsung hero from a game, but I’ll deviate here because Nicklas Backstrom put on a show. He went from being a rumored scratch due to injury prior to the game to putting up a four-point effort one hour of play later. His line once again dominated shot attempts and I thought how disruptive he was in the defensive zone was noticeable purely from an eye-test (boo, hiss) perspective. He still is a machine. Get this man a Selke.
Numbers thanks to Hockeystats.ca and NaturalStatTrick.com.
Photo: Bruce Bennett
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