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Known primarily for his exceptional assist totals, Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom scored his 20th goal of the 2018-19 season (his fourth consecutive 20-goal campaign) in the first period of the Capitals’ March 30, 2019 matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning and in the process, moved himself up the NHL record books.
Backstrom is the seventh player on the Capitals to reach the 20-goal plateau on the 2018-19 season, joining Alex Ovechkin (49), T.J. Oshie (25), Jakub Vrana (23), Brett Connolly (22), Tom Wilson (22), and Evgeny Kuznetsov (20), the most 20-goal scorers on the team since the 2009-2010, first President’s Trophy-winning season.
Backstrom’s goal also breaks a tie for eighth place in points by a Swedish-born player with NHL great Markus Naslund. Prior to this game, both players had 869 points. With his first goal of the game (he would score a second in the second period) Backstrom moved past Naslund and now has 871 points and sole possession of eighth place.
It was also Backstrom’s fourth straight season of scoring 20 goals and having 50 assists.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) March 30, 2019