Nicklas Backstrom has assisted on over a 3rd of Alex Ovechkin’s 810 profession goals within the NHL. Those 278 apples by Backstrom have gained the Capitals rather a lot of video games. They’ve additionally helped catapult Ovechkin deep into the historical past books.
But Backstrom, who was rehabbing from main offseason hip surgical procedure, was not on the ice or on the scoresheet for the Capitals captain’s newest milestones in December. Ovechkin scored his 800th profession purpose with a hat trick towards the Chicago Blackhawks on December 13. Ten days later, Ovi tied and then handed Gordie Howe for second on the NHL’s all-time goals record after scoring twice towards the Winnipeg Jets.
Others bought to pose within the milestone purpose puck images. Fellow centerman Evgeny Kuznetsov even admitted that these footage motivated him and made him jealous throughout Ovi’s previous historic nights.
So it would be comprehensible if Backstrom felt even the tiniest bit upset that he wasn’t The Guy passing the tablet to Ovechkin these nights, however in an interview with DC101’s Elliot within the Morning, Backstrom mentioned he wasn’t.
“No, not in any respect,” Backstrom mentioned. “I’m simply glad for him that he reached it. It does not matter. Obviously, guys that did cross it to him are most likely proud of it nevertheless it’s no arduous emotions for me.”
Backstrom mentioned what would have upset him is if he hadn’t been in Chicago for Ovechkin’s 800th profession purpose. Backstrom and fellow damage rehabber, Tom Wilson, have been allowed to journey with the workforce for the primary time throughout the 2022-23 season, flying with the Capitals to Winnipeg and then Chicago to proceed training with their teammates. Backstrom was grateful to be on the United Center for that night time.
“Yeah, that was unbelievable,” Backstrom mentioned. “I’d be actually mad if we missed that one. That was superior. Being half of that, watch it dwell, and be half of it within the locker room. It was unbelievable and I’m so glad for that dude.”
Backstrom participated within the beer bathtub Ovechkin acquired and was the primary individual to hug him within the Capitals locker room.
While Backstrom did not get to be within the official photograph, the Swedish middle took a private photograph within the locker room with Ovechkin whereas The Great Eight held his purpose pucks.
Backstrom, in a swimsuit, additionally greeted Ovechkin minutes after the Russian ahead scored his 802nd purpose within the hallway of Capital One Arena.
“Over the years it has been simply surreal watching what Alex Ovechkin has performed and I’m fortunate that I’ve had a front-row seat,” Backstrom wrote later in a visitor publish on NHL.com. “Although I’m recovering from hip surgical procedure, I’m nonetheless watching carefully and I’m tremendous glad for him that he handed Gordie Howe for second in NHL historical past by scoring his 802nd purpose. I do know it means rather a lot to him, his complete household and for our group.
“For us enjoying with him, it has been like, “Oh, he reached 500 already. Wow. That’s good.” Then it is one other milestone after one other. It’s form of unbelievable that he’s reached 800.”
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