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Entering today’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets with three career overtime goals in the playoffs, Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom added a fourth in a 4-3 win to give the Caps a 3-2 series lead over the Blue Jackets. In scoring his fourth career playoff overtime goal, Backstrom becomes just the 19th player in NHL history to score four career playoff overtime goals.
Per NHL statistician Eric Hornick, via NBC Sports Washington Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, only Joe Sakic (8), Maurice “Rocket” Richard (6), Glenn Anderson (5), and Patrick Kane (5) are the only players who have scored more than the Capitals all-time assists leader; all of these players have won the Stanley Cup in their career. The only other active NHLer with four overtime tallies is Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry, who has also won a Stanley Cup.
Corey Perry is the other active player with 4 OT goals.
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— Eric Hornick (@ehornick) April 21, 2018
Playoff heroism is nothing new to Backstrom, who has recorded 82 points (28 goals, 55 assists) in 101 career playoff games. Ironically enough, Backstrom’s fourth playoff overtime goal comes three years to the day of his third overtime goal, when he scored the game-winner in Game 4 of the Capitals’ first round series against the New York Islanders. In six playoff games this spring, Backstrom has two goals and six assists for eight points. Backstrom’s second goal of the game (his overtime winner) tied him with Alex Ovechkin, Peter Bondra, and Jason Chimera for the most game-winning playoff goals (six) in franchise history.
By Michael Fleetwood