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On a day when Caps Nation would celebrate Nicklas Backstrom’s 500 career NHL assists, it was only fitting that Number 19 would provide a little showmanship for those showing appreciation for him.
Backstrom’s eye-popping, no-look, between the legs feed to Justin Williams was the icing on the cake in the Capitals 5-0 win over the Flyers, but just another doozie of an assist in Backstrom’s career.
The play exemplifies several of Backstrom’s expert abilities, most notably his keen sense and awareness of the location of other players on the ice, at all times. He knew where Justin Williams was, long before the puck was passed to him in the slot, and never once looked William’s way. Sixth sense? Amazing.
By Jon Sorensen