As fans watch and wait for Alexander Ovechkin to snag another 50-goal season, the quiet Swede Nicklas Backstrom hit 20 goals in Tampa Bay on Saturday. This is the sixth time in his NHL career and his fourth consecutive 20-goal season. His all-time high was 33 in the 2009/10 season.
Nick Backstrom is one of the best centers in the NHL. Earlier this season he passed the 50 assist mark, for the eighth season in his twelfth season of play in the pros. He ranks 23rd in the league for assists, a few points behind John Carlson.
Together Backstrom and Ovechkin have been the pair to beat. They have been setting up each other’s goals all season. Although the top two lines have changed throughout the season, there is alway magic when they are together. The kind of magic that wins games and Cups.