Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom Scores First Goal of the 2020-21 Season Against Buffalo Sabres

Center Nicklas Backstrom was the first player to score for the Washington Capitals in their season opener against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Thursday evening. He is six goals shy of his 250th career goal.

Backstrom would give the Capitals a 1-0 lead 5:43 into the opening frame off a feed from captain Alex Ovechkin. Ovechkin and forward T.J. Oshie had the assists.

The first goal of the season makes him only six goals shy of his 250th career goal. Additionally, this is the first time in Backstrom’s career that he scored a goal in the season-opening game.

With the primary assist on Backstrom’s goal, Ovechkin picked up his 19th point in 16 season-opening games.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, Della enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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