Capitals Honor Nicklas Backstrom For 1,000 Career Points

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Nicklas Backstrom became the second player in Washington Capitals franchise history to record 1,000 career points on March 9 against the Edmonton Oilers, and the 40th player in NHL history to record 1,000 points with one franchise.

The Capitals honored Backstrom Saturday night before their game against the New Jersey Devils. The ceremony began with a congratulatory video that included messages from Ryan Getzlaf, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, among others.

Backstrom was then presented with a golden stick from Capitals President Dick Patrick.

Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson presented Backstrom with a set of new golf clubs as well.

Since his NHL debut on Oct. 5, 2007, Backstrom is the fifth player to record 1,000 points during that span, joining Ovechkin (1,198), Sidney Crosby (1,167), Patrick Kane (1,159) and Evgeni Malkin (1,045). During this span, Backstrom additionally ranks first in the NHL with 740 assists and second with 407 power play points, despite ranking 17th in games played.

Backstrom became the first player from his 2006 NHL Draft class to reach the mark, and he holds a 60-point lead over the next highest scoring player from his class (Phil Kessel: 943 career points).

In addition to becoming the 93rd player in NHL history to reach the milestone, Backstrom became the sixth Swedish player in NHL history to record 1,000 points. Backstrom ranks fourth among Swedish players in NHL history with 740 assists.

Backstrom’s 0.96 points per game rate ranks second among Swedish players with at least 1,000 points, only behind Mats Sundin, who averaged 1.00 points per game and is the all-time Swedish points leader with 1,349.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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