n1cKy Points – Nicklas Backstrom Records 1,000th Career Point Against the Edmonton Oilers

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Just one game after playing in his 1,000th game with teammate Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Center Nicklas Backstrom became just the second player in franchise history to reach 1,000 career points.

Backstrom’s milestone point came on an assist on a power play goal scored by T.J Oshie at the 6:13 mark of the third period that tied the score at 2-2.

Backstrom scored a goal earlier in the game for his 999th point.

The team’s all-time Assists leader also becomes the sixth Swedish-born player to reach this milestone, joining Mats Sundin (1,349), Daniel Alfredsson (1,157), Nicklas Lidström (1,142), Henrik Sedin (1,070), and Daniel Sedin (1041); additionally, he is the 10th active player to record 1,000 points.

Drafted by the Capitals with the fourth overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Backstrom made his NHL debut during the 2007-08 season after remaining in Sweden for his first post-draft season. With his 1,000th point (all in 15 seasons in Washington), the 34-year old becomes the first player drafted in 2006 to reach the milestone.

Despite missing the start of the season as a result of a hip injury, Backstrom has now recorded four goals and 15 assists in 26 Games Played.

In 1,037 Games Played, Backstrom has recorded 263 Goals and 737 Assists.

Backstrom is the is the 40th player in NHL history to record 1,000 points and the sixth Swedish player to reach the milestone. Backstrom ranks fourth among Swedish players in NHL history with 737 assists. His 0.96 points per game rate ranks second among Swedish players with at least 1,000 points, only behind Mats Sundin (1.00 P/GP).

Since his NHL debut on Oct. 5, 2007, Backstrom is the fifth player to record 1,000 points in that span, joining Ovechkin (1,192), Sidney Crosby (1,159), Patrick Kane (1,152) and Evgeni Malkin (1,043).

By Diane Doyle

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Been a Caps fan since November 1975 when attending a game with my then boyfriend and now husband.
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3 Responses to n1cKy Points – Nicklas Backstrom Records 1,000th Career Point Against the Edmonton Oilers

  1. novafyre says:

    Thank you Gabby. You came in from Hershey and unleashed Batman and Robin.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The quietest 1,000 points in NHL history.

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