Nicklas Backstrom Now In Fifth Place for Assists Among Swedish Born NHL Players

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Late in the second period of the Washington Capitals 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames, Alex Ovechkin scored the Caps third goal of the game to put the Caps ahead 3-2.  He was assisted by Nicklas Backstrom and Radko Gudas. Backstrom’s assist was his 649th of his career which moved him into sole possession of fifth place in career assists among Swedish born NHL players. 

“Backstrom, a phenomenal play to Ovechkin to answer right back,” Coach Todd Reirden said. “Those are huge, huge goals. . . . And that is why they are who they are.”

Prior to tonight, he was tied for fifth place with Daniel Sedin.  It has taken Backstrom just 906 games to reach that milestone, compared to Sedin who played in 1306 games in his career.  Currently, Daniel Alfredsson is in fourth place with 713 assists.

Backstrom 5th Swedish Assists

It occurred on a night that also featured two John Carlson goals on a night when the Capitals won 5-3.

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2 Responses to Nicklas Backstrom Now In Fifth Place for Assists Among Swedish Born NHL Players

  1. Anonymous says:

    If Nicky plays same number of games as Lidstrom, he’s gonna be tops.

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