On the Swede Side of History: Nicklas Backstrom Ties Daniel Alfredsson For Fourth-Most Assists By A Swedish-born Player; Moves Up NHL Assists List

Washington Capitals Center Nicklas Backstrom has long been established as one of the franchise’s all-time greatest players and during his NHL career has climbed the ranks of great players that hail from his native country of Sweden. In Sunday night’s game against the Boston Bruins, the former first-round pick continued that climb by tying Daniel Alfredsson on the Assists list by Swedish-born players.

Entering the game, Backstrom had a total of 711 career assists, and during the first and third periods against the Bruins, recorded assists on Capitals goals to move into a tie with Alfredsson for the fourth-most assists by a Swedish-born player.

Backstrom’s first assist of the game came on T.J. Oshie’s first period goal:

The second helper for the Capitals’ No. 19 came on Oshie’s second goal of the game during the third period:

In addition to tying Alfredsson, Backstrom moved past two other NHL greats in Scott Stevens (a former Capital) and Jean Bealiveau on the NHL Assists list. Backstrom reached the 700-assist mark earlier this season.

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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