Wednesday night at Verizon Center, Nicklas Backstrom will be honored before the Caps’ game against the Pittsburgh Penguins for becoming the 87th player in NHL history to record 600 assists.
Backstrom reminded us all how brilliant of a passer he can be Monday against Edmonton, authoring a mind-bending, body-twisting backhand pass to TJ Oshie for a second-period goal.
You’ve got to see this.
After taking a pass from John Carlson in the corner, Backstrom curled and then hit the R3 button like he was in a videogame.
Backstrom spun and hit TJ Oshie right in stride who roofed a shot past Cam Talbot for his seventh goal of the season.
The pass did “surprise me a little,” Oshie said during intermission.
“You learn to not look away or to never give up on a play,” Oshie continued. “Ever since he turned up with the puck originally and I was at the blue line, I knew he’d find a way to get it to me. I thought maybe he’d be a little easier and go on the forehand, but he went with the advanced level and the spin-o-rama. Obviously world class player. Pretty lucky, pretty spoiled to be on his right side.”
The apple was Nicklas Backstrom’s 603rd career assist.
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