Michael Marzzacco continues his look back on the 2017-18 season as we anxiously await hockey season and the chance to defend Lord Stanley’s Cup.This week is #9 of the countdown.
Nicklas Backstrom’s 200th career goal is the game-winner in Columbus
Date: February 6, 2018
Result: Capitals 3, Blue Jackets 2
Before the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets met in the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, these teams met four times in the regular season. A meeting early-February in Columbus proved to be a classic.
The Blue Jackets crashed the net and went up 1-0 1:58 into the game on a goal by David Savard. The Caps would tie it at 4:54 with a goal from the point by John Carlson. Five minutes into the second period, the Capitals went up 2-1 on a backhanded goal from Tom Wilson.
The Blue Jackets tied it with a goal by Brandon Dubinsky at 13:55 in the third period. Nicklas Backstrom would come clutch later in the game with under a minute left. With 43 seconds to go in the game, Alex Ovechkin flung a puck toward the net. T.J. Oshie found the loose puck and backhanded a pass right to Backstrom as the Swedish center put it right past Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
The tally was Backstrom’s 200th of his career and it was fitting that Ovechkin was credited with the asssit. The dynamic duo has been there through it all. Backstrom has asssited on several of Ovechkin’s milestones and later in the season both players captured the Stanley Cup and shared that moment together.
What will #8 be? Tune in next week to find out!