Backstrom, Ovechkin lift Capitals, arrive at milestone in gain towards Devils – NHL.com


NEWARK, N.J. —Nicklas BackstromandAlex Ovechkinmerged for six points in their 900th video game as Washington Capitals teammates, a six-three gain against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Middle on Friday.

Backstrom, who also attained 900 details in his 923rd NHL typical-year match, scored at the very least four points for the first time this season and twenty third time in his NHL vocation for the Capitals (twenty five-6-5).

“It can be terrific, essentially,” Backstrom explained of scoring his 900th issue although reaching the games-performed milestone with Ovechkin. “I suggest, I wasn’t expecting that, but occasionally that happens. It’s exciting becoming aspect of this group for this prolonged, and actively playing with these types of a excellent participant like Alex … which is very fortunate for me, so I just have to love each individual moment.” 

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Ovechkin (objective, assist) and Backstrom (two plans, two helps) are the twenty first established of NHL teammates to perform at the very least 900 normal-season game titles with each other and the sixth between active gamers, in accordance to NHL Stats. 

“You have obtained Backstrom and Ovechkin actively playing 900 games with each other, and I wouldn’t hope everything a lot less from them other than a efficiency like that from those two,” Capitals coach Todd Reirden said. “Clearly, Nick [with] 900 factors and a four-level activity, he was outstanding.”

Video: WSH@NJD: Ovechkin pots wrister from above the circle

5 Washington gamers scored, and twelve experienced at least 1 position, but Backstrom was the star of the night time. 

“I felt very good. I have been emotion pretty superior given that coming again from harm,” explained Backstrom, who has 9 details (four plans, five assists) in 5 games due to the fact returning Dec. 9 following an 8-video game absence due to the fact of an upper-human body injury. “You just have to keep grinding, and sometimes it transpires — nights like this.”

P.K. Subbanhad an support, ending his 21-video game level drought, andKyle Palmieriscored for the third straight activity for the Devils (eleven-18-5).

“There are certainly some positives, but some mistakes, way too,” New Jersey mentor Alain Nasreddine claimed. “General, the way we performed, we could have been a great deal additional intense and attempted to dictate the tempo a little. It arrived again to bite us. We played on our heels a small little bit and gave them a small way too much respect.”

Backstrom manufactured it three-2 at 19:31 of the next interval by tipping aDmitry Orlovmove for his next objective of the match. 

Backstrom also scored at 19:35 of the initially period to make it 2-1. 

Video: WSH@NJD: Backstrom redirects puck into the twine

Palmieri gave New Jersey a one- lead at four:00 of the first on the power enjoy, redirecting the puck earlierIlya Samsonov(24 will save). Subban had the secondary aid for his 1st place due to the fact Nov. two against the Carolina Hurricanes, and his very first electricity-play place of the season.

Ovechkin tied it one-1 at 18:25 of the initial with a wrist shot from just previously mentioned the correct experience-off circle.

Blake Colemantied it two-two for the Devils at four:fifteen of the second.

Just after Backstrom’s next objective place the Capitals up by one,John Carlsonextended the Washington direct to 4-two at forty two seconds of the third time period by batting the puck out of the air and bouncing it within the still left submit.  

Jonas Siegenthalerbuilt it five-2 at six:fifty three of the 3rd. 

Devils goalieMackenzie Blackwood(21 will save on 26 pictures) was pulled at eight:twenty five and changed byGilles Senn, who built two saves and performed 11:35 in his NHL debut.

“That’s a Stanley Cup team,” New Jersey aheadMiles Woodstated of Washington, which received the Cup in 2018. “They unquestionably performed like it. We pushed back again absolutely, in some parts, but we didn’t do it for the comprehensive three intervals. That is what cost us.”

Richard Panikextended the direct to 6-2 at fifteen:33.

Wood scored on a redirection with 23 seconds remaining for the 6-3 ultimate.

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They said it

“We are under no circumstances satisfied dropping online games. So it really is always fantastic that we bounce back suitable away and get factors mainly because I experience like this is what it really is all about. I imply, acquiring points before the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs get started.”— Capitals centreNicklas Backstromon bouncing again from a three- decline at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday

“You never ever want to eliminate your very first activity. [In] the conclude, I can’t be pleased supplying up a goal in just like 10 minutes. I’m just joyful I received my initial [action]. It is really even larger now than allowing my first target in.”— Devils goalie Gilles Senn on his NHL debut

Will need to know

Backstrom has 239 plans and 661 assists. … The Devils, who won their previous two online games, have not won a few straight this year. … Capitals forwardCarl Hagelin, held by New Jersey defensemanSami Vatanenon a breakaway, missed the subsequent penalty shot at six:09 of the 1st. … With 680 objectives, Ovechkin is 4 at the rear of Teemu Selanne for eleventh on the NHL objectives listing. … New Jersey defensemanAndy Greeneperformed in his 900th NHL sport, and aheadTravis Zajacperformed in his 956th NHL recreation, all with the Devils, transferring into a tie with defenseman Scott Stevens for the 3rd-most in New Jersey heritage. … Alex Delvecchio and Gordie Howe hold the NHL report with 1,353 game titles as teammates with the Detroit Crimson Wings from 1951-seventy one.Duncan KeithandBrent Seabrookdirect active players with 1,069 video games as teammates with the Chicago Blackhawks considering that 2005.

What is actually next

Capitals:Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday (7 p.m. ET NHLN, NBCSWA, Sun, NHL.Television)

Devils:At the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday (seven p.m. ET FS-O, MSG+, NHL.Television set)

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