Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom Continue to Show They’re the Perfect Pair

michael banner 2Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin have been together for oh so long, but everyone knows that. Linemates or simply teammates, the duo had been through a lot and this past June they finally shared a moment together that they waited their whole careers for. While both players are dynamic superstars, they both contrast in personality. Ovechkin seems like the outgoing type while Backstrom is often quiet, but as the old saying goes “opposites attract.” The duo shined in the Capitals’ 6-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night at Capital One Arena to win their seventh in a row. 

Very rarely in hockey do the top two franchise point leaders play with each other but after Backstrom’s significant milestone on Monday passing Peter Bondra for second on the franchise list in points, he trails (you guessed it!) Ovechkin for the point lead. Backstrom had three assists in Monday’s win over the Islanders and assist number two marked his 826th career point which was all he needed to pass the great Bondra. It took Backstrom 122 fewer games than Bondra to reach not only 826 points but 827 in 839 games with the Caps. Peter Bondra congratulated Backstrom in the video below.

Backstrom finished with four points, three goals and an assist, for the second hat trick of his career. Ovechkin on the other hand finished with three points, a goal and two assists. It’s almost like the two had a role-reversal. Usually it’s Ovechkin doing all the scoring and Backstrom doing the passing but this time, the scoring night belonged to Nicky.

Ovechkin scored an empty net goal and Backstrom would add another one shortly after to complete the hatty. Backstrom’s sequence began with Ovechkin stealing the puck and coming up the ice. Rather than shooting at the wide-open net for another goal, he dished it off to Backstrom to let his buddy have the hat trick. It goes to show the type of player and leader Ovechkin is, caring about his teammates and the team’s success.

Early in the game, Ovechkin started towards the goal and weaved around Damon Severson setting up a great pass to Backstrom who was positioned in front of the goal.

In the third period, Backstrom assisted on a breakaway goal by Andre Burakovsky.

The Capitals had a golden opportunity to put the Devils on the ropes after Miles Wood had a butt ending double-minor against Dmitry Orlov and Sami Vatanen was called for hooking Jakub Vrana, putting the Caps on a 5-on-3. A snipe from Backstrom made them pay.

Backstrom ranks first in points among players selected in his 2006 draft class, having 62 more points than Phil Kessel of the Penguins even though he has played in 99 more games. In a Capitals win over Vancouver back in October, Backstrom became the first player from the ’06 class to notch 600 career assists. He ranks first in the Caps franchise in the assist.

It was great to see on Friday night that Backstrom and Ovechkin haven’t stopped shining since the magical night in June where Ovechkin handed off the Stanley Cup to Backstrom to celebrate the franchise’s first title.

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