On this day in Capitals history, Nicklas Backstrom scored his first career regular-season hat trick 🎩
Nicklas Backstrom is usually a setup man, but six years ago to the day, he was the finisher.
During the Capitals’ 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on December 13, 2014. Backstrom scored his first career regular-season hat trick, tallying twice in the second period and once in the third. Because the even-strength goals were scored consecutively, it was considered a natural hat trick – the first time a Capitals player had done so since Alex Semin in 2010.