Nicklas Backstrom Notches First Goal in Semi-Final

nicklas_backstrom_team_sweden-washington-capitals-practice1After a scoreless first period between Team Sweden and Team Europe, Washington Capitals centerman Nicklas Backstrom would grab the lead for Team Sweden at 2:31 of the second period. 

Backstrom would first win the faceoff, then manuever into position to knock one home and give Team Sweden the 1-0 lead.

The goal was challenged by Team Europe on the basis of goalie interference. The subsequent review upheld Backstrom’s goal.

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Backstrom’s goal was followed by a Team Europe goal (Marian Gaborik) at 16:27, with the second period ending tied 1-1. The winner will face Team Canada in a best of three series starting next week.

By Jon Sorensen

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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