Nicklas Backstrom only recently returned to the Washington Capitals’ lineup, but the former first-round pick has already made an impact. And in the Caps’ first visit to Mullett Arena in Arizona, the 35-year old center reached a milestone number in helpers.
By recording the secondary assist on a goal by linemate Sonny Milano in the second period of the team’s game against the Arizona Coyotes, Backstrom notched the 750th helper of his NHL career.
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Backstrom ranks third in the league in assists (and is the Capitals’ franchise Assists leader) since entering the NHL in 2007, behind only Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby and Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane.
Since his NHL debut on Oct. 5, 2007, Backstrom ranks third in the NHL in assists (Sidney Crosby: 776; Patrick Kane: 751).
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Backstrom now has three assists in six games since returning to the lineup.