Nicklas Backstrom Moves Into Top 10 In Games Played Among Swedish-born Players

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While it took a long time, Nicklas Backstrom’s return to the Washington Capitals’ lineup was a welcome one earlier in the year. No. 19 is already one of the best players in the history of the franchise, and made more history by playing in the team’s Thursday night game against the New Jersey Devils.

By taking the ice against the Devils, Backstrom moved into the Top 10 in Games Played by Swedish-born players, taking sole possession of 10th all-time, having been tied with Ulf Samuelsson.

The Capitals’ 2006 first-round pick is now two games shy of passing longtime Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg for ninth all-time. Backstrom is eighth (267) in Goals, fourth (755) in Assists, and sixth (1,022) in Points among his fellow countrymen.

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. 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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