Nicklas Backstrom is on the wrong side of thirty, but I guess no one told his hockey that, because he’s still fantastic.
Nicklas Backstrom and Andre Burakovsky will not represent Sweden at the upcoming IIHF World Championship tournament in Slovakia, the Swedish Ice Hockey Association announced on Tuesday.
In the Swedish national team’s release of their roster, both Backstrom and Burakovsky have “injury” listed as their reasons for declining the invitation.
Nicklas Backstrom has played all 12 of his seasons in the NHL with the Washington Capitals – the team that originally drafted him in 2006. During that time, Backstrom has become a father, an NHL All-Star, and a Stanley Cup champion.
The Swedish center will become an unrestricted free agent after next season when his 10-year, $67 million contract officially expires. But if Backstrom had his way, he wouldn’t even make it to free agency.
Head coach Todd Reirden and the players who spoke with the media after the Game Seven double-overtime loss to the Hurricanes were exhausted, disappointed, and visibly upset.
But we’re here for the team when they win and we’re here for the team when they lose. Misery loves company. Let’s embrace the pain together, Caps fam.
The Washington Capitals lost TJ Oshie in Game Four to injury, but they got revenge in Game Five.
The Capitals scored six goals in front of their raucous home crowd, shutting out the Carolina Hurricanes 6-0.
Let’s review all the goals.
After killing off approximately 420 consecutive Carolina power plays, the Washington Capitals got swift revenge with YET ANOTHER lovely Nicklas Backstrom goal.
And this one comes with a pretty pass from Alex Ovechin.
For the first time since Game Two, the Capitals have gotten the first goal of the game. For the third time this series, that goal comes off the stick of that lovely Swede Nicklas Backstrom.
Beautiful rush attack with even better follow-up.
Nicklas Backstrom is on a scoring tear. With three goals and an assist in two games, the Swedish center is the Washington’s leading scorer in the postseason and currently tied for the most points in the entire NHL entering Sunday.
Alex Ovechkin, who is often the scorer to Backstrom’s setup man, provided the primary assist on Backstrom’s goal on Saturday.
Ovechkin joked about their role-reversal during his post-game interview.
Capitals forward Tom Wilson scored a huge third-period goal midway through the third period, which gave the Capitals a 3-2 lead.
The goal, Wilson’s first of the postseason, wouldn’t stand as the game-winner though — Jordan Staal scored a PPG six minutes and five seconds later forcing overtime.
And just like that, Nicklas Backstrom has opened up scoring again in Game Two. For his third goal of the still-baby-fat playoffs, Backstrom got a crucial assist from Alex Ovechkin.
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