Nicklas Backstrom Records 600th and 601st Assists in Caps 5-2 Win Over Vancouver

The Washington Capitals kicked off their four-game road trip the right way, defeating the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night 5-2. Nicklas Backstrom notched his 600th assist in the most fitting way possible, on an Alex Ovechkin power play goal. 

It all came in the third period and gave the Caps the 3-2 lead. They would never look back from there.

John Carlson got things started 2:20 into the game off a great pass from Jakub Vrana. It was Carlson’s fifth goal of the season. Lars Eller was also credited with a helper.

The Canucks tied it in the second period on a goal from Troy Stecher for his first of his career. The Caps answered on an ensuing power play after Erik Gudbranson was called for cross-checking. Get the wings out! It was Evgeny Kuznetsov’s fifth goal of the season. Carlson and Ovechkin were credited with the assists.

The Canucks tied it 20 seconds into the third period while on the power play with a goal from Sven Baertschi before Ovechkin answered by finishing off Backstrom’s historic pass.

The Canucks pulled goalie Anders Nilsson, giving the Caps an empty net opportunity. Ovechkin didn’t want to score his ninth goal of the season but instead get his fifth assist as he dished the puck to T.J. Oshie. That was goal number five on the season for Oshie and Backstrom was also credited with an assist so the journey to 700 has begun.

601 and counting.


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