Same Ol’ Nicky: Nicklas Backstrom Records First Regular Season Point in Second Game Back This Season; First Point in 264 Days

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In his second regular season game played since April 28, 2022, Washington Capitals Center Nicklas Backstrom recorded his first point of the 2022-23 season against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The point came on an assist in the third period of the Capitals’ January 11 tilt against the Philadelphia Flyers, on a goal by T.J. Oshie; Martin Fehervary recorded the secondary assist.

The point marks Backstrom’s first of the season and the first time he has recorded a point in a regular season game in 264 days, since he recorded an assist on April 22, 2022. Although he played 47 games in the 2021-22 season and all of the Caps’ first round playoff matchup against the Florida Panthers, a recurring hip ailment resulted in the 2006 first-round pick to undergo serious hip surgery, which resulted in a lengthy rehabilitation and recovery process. Backstrom spoke about the surgery and recovery process with NBC Sports Washington’s Alexa Landestoy, saying that he wanted to “try something different” in attempting to cure his recurring hip problem.

The franchise Assists leader recently spoke on his current status, admitting that while he has no pain after undergoing the procedure and subsequent recovery period, he is placing no internal pressure or expectations upon his long-awaited return to the lineup, which coincided with Tom Wilson’s return from ACL surgery. Backstrom played his first game on January 8 since the surgery.

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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. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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1 Response to Same Ol’ Nicky: Nicklas Backstrom Records First Regular Season Point in Second Game Back This Season; First Point in 264 Days

  1. James says:

    Good heavens, ANY NHL player could have and would have made that pass. “The old Nicky” is nowhere in sight and why should he be? He’s old, out of condition and hasn’t played in many months.

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