Apples For N1Ky: Nicklas Backstrom Scores On Night He Is Honored For Reaching 1,000 Points

On the night the Washington Capitals honored alternate captain and franchise cornerstone Nicklas Backstrom for reaching 1,000 career points, the team’s 2006 first-round pick scored, resulting in one of the most memorable nights at Capital One Arena.

Having become just the second player in franchise history (his longtime running mate Alex Ovechkin being the other) to reach the 1,000-point milestone with the Caps, Backstrom scored his sixth goal of the 2021-22 season against New Jersey Devils goaltender Nico Dawes, assisted by Anthony Mantha.

Prior to the game, fans were given foam apples adorned with the “N1Ky” logo in commemoration of the night’s occasion. Upon Backstrom’s lighting the lamp, the Capital One Arena crowd sent thousands of those apples (a play on Backstrom’s status as the franchise’s all-time Assists leader) onto the ice.

Players from both teams assisted arena staff in clearing the ice of the apples, halting play for a few minutes.

Backstrom recorded two points (a goal and assist) to tie Lanny MacDonald for 91st in NHL history with 1,006 points, per NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti.

Backstrom was honored prior to the first puck drop, with his family (including fiancee Liza, three children, and parents and brother) in attendance as his teammates and Capitals management presented him with mementos to honor his historic milestone. He was named First Star of the Game following the Caps’ 4-3Β 

Since his NHL debut on Oct. 5, 2007, Backstrom ranks fifth in the NHL in points (Alex Ovechkin: 1,200; Sidney Crosby: 1,169; Patrick Kane: 1,166; Evgeni Malkin: 1,047).

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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