“I Wish You Continued Success and Many More In A Capitals Jersey”: Peter Bondra Congratulates Nicklas Backstrom On Passing Him in Franchise Games Played

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While the NHL debut of top prospect Connor McMichael in the Washington Capitals’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres was one of the most-talked about moments of the game, star center Nicklas Backstrom also marked an important milestone in his NHL career, surpassing franchise great Peter Bondra for the third-most Games Played in franchise history. Bondra took to social media to congratulate his fellow Capitals great on the milestone.

Backstrom, who was drafted fourth overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, played in career Game No. 962, which passed Bondra’s mark of 961 for the third-most Games Played in the history of the Capitals. Backstrom now sits just 22 games away from surpassing longtime Capitals defenseman Calle Johansson for second All-Time, and 194 behind longtime linemate/teammate Alex Ovechkin, who ranks first with 1,156. Bondra took to Twitter to congratulate Backstrom, who recorded a goal and assist in the contest.

Bondra spent 13 full seasons and part of a 14th in Washington, playing in 961 games, and at the time of his trade to the Ottawa Senators, led the franchise in a number of offensive categories (since surpassed by Ovechkin in Goals, Game-winning Goals, Power Play Goals, Hat Tricks, and Shots, and Ovechkin and Backstrom in Points, respectively). Backstrom has played his entire 14-season career in Washington, and has recorded 934 points (247 goals, 687 assists) in 962 games played; he is the franchise Assists leader, is now third in Games Played, second in Points, and third in Assists Per Game. Following the 2019-20 season, Backstrom re-signed with the Capitals on a five-year contract, ensuring many more seasons in a Capitals sweater.


By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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2 Responses to “I Wish You Continued Success and Many More In A Capitals Jersey”: Peter Bondra Congratulates Nicklas Backstrom On Passing Him in Franchise Games Played

  1. Joe says:

    Bondra is a class act, he should’ve been able to retire here.mhe did earn it.

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