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Japers' Rink May 19, 2015

2014-15 Rink Wrap: Nicklas Backstrom

From Alzner to Wilson, we're taking a look at and grading the 2014-15 season for every player who laced 'em up for the Caps for a significant number of games during the campaign, with an eye towards 2015-16. Next up, Nicklas Backstrom. Japers' Rink Player Card (click for a hi-res version, and a glossary of terms used in this post can be found here; data via NHL.com, war-on-ice.com, General Fanager and Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com): Backstrom's Career Rolling Shot-Attempt (Corsi) -For Percentage: Backstrom's HERO Chart (via Own The Puck): ...
Washington Post May 19, 2015

Capitals GM Brian MacLellan goes over offseason to-do list

Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said Monday that adding a top-line right winger to play with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom is among his offseason priorities.Speaking to reporters for the first time since the Capitals lost Game 7 in their second-round series against the Rangers last Wednesday, MacLellan noted that a more consistent option on their No. 1 line is desirable. Ovechkin and Backstrom played with nine different wingers this past season.Read full article >>
Washington Post May 1, 2015

Caps Insider: Some Rangers expected Backstrom to get a penalty for late hit

NEW YORK — Another playoff game brought another controversial hit by the Capitals.Goaltenders Braden Holtby and Henrik Lundqvist both said the last few minutes of the game are like overtime. With less than 10 seconds remaining in a 1-1 game, the puck was in the corner with New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle. Washington center Nicklas Backstrom skated toward him for the check, turning his body to the side, as he hit Boyle and got the puck free.Read full article >>
CSN Washington May 1, 2015

Backstrom defends hit that led to game-winner

Alex Ovechkin and Joel Ward were tremendous, but the Rangers' focus after their loss was a hit by Nicklas Backstrom.
Blueshirt Banter Apr 30, 2015

Nicklas Backstrom Elbow to the Head of Dan Boyle

Nicklas Backstrom delivers a hit to the head of Dan Boyle Nicklas Backstrom goes hard into the back of Dan Boyle, making elbow contact with Boyle's head.
Japers' Rink Apr 29, 2015

The Noon Number: Hello Again

A look at the five players who have been here and done this each and every time... 5 - Number of players who have appeared in every Capitals-Rangers playoff game (all 26 of 'em) over the past six seasons: Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green for Washington and Henrik Lundqvist and Dan Girardi for New York. Here's how the skaters have fared: Player Goals Assists Points +/- PIM SOG S% Ovechkin 10 9 19 0 16 118 8.5 Green 5 11 16 3 24 62 8.1 Backstrom 2 13 15 2 8 52 3.8 Girardi 1 4 5 1 8 39 2.6 And King Henrik: Player Wins Losses Goals Against Shots...
CSN Washington Apr 22, 2015

Caps see what Backstrom brings even if NHL does not

Nicklas Backstrom's clutch performance against the Islanders is drawing praise from the Caps, even if nobody else seems to notice.
Japers' Rink Apr 22, 2015

Nicklas Backstrom: How Swede It Is

After some lackluster postseason performances, Nicklas Backstrom has stepped it up big time for the Caps this spring. There's no question that Nicklas Backstrom is an all-world talent, one of the best two-way centers in the game and the guy who keeps all the pieces moving for the Caps. He's racked up huge point totals over the course of his (relatively young) career and has written himself into the franchise history books as the all-time greatest playmaker in Caps' history. He is, in no uncertain terms, elite. And yet the one accomplishment that has eluded him, the one that has perhaps...
Japers' Rink Apr 22, 2015

The Noon Number: Working Overtime

A look at Nicklas Backstrom's place amongst other frequent playoff heroes. 4 - The number of active NHL players who have scored more playoff overtime goals than Nicklas Backstrom, who has done it three times. Jaromir Jagr, Patrick Marleau, Martin St. Louis, and Patrick Kane, have all done it four times. Since the start of the 2010 playoffs, Kane (four) is the only player to have scored more than Nicklas Backstrom's three.  arleau has also lit the lamp in overtime three times over that period. Backstrom's third playoff overtime game-winner tied him for 18th on the all time list. (s/t...
Washington Post Apr 22, 2015

Caps Insider: ‘All-world’ Nicklas Backstrom rose to the occasion for the Caps in Game 4

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Have you rewatched the winner? No, even before Nicklas Backstrom clobbered the puck into the New York Islanders’ net, silenced Nassau Coliseum and touched off a 20-man group hug. Did you see what happened? No, even before John Tavares lost his stick, gifting Backstrom the sliver of space needed to curl around high, pivot toward goaltender Jaroslav Halak and send the Washington Capitals to a sorely needed 2-1 overtime win in Game 3.Read full article >>

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