Remembering a Penguins Moment: Backstrom wins it for the Pens

Of the 680 gamers who’ve suited up for the Pittsburgh Penguins of their storied historical past, none have been named Backstrom. Which is bizarre, as a result of Backstrom has scored a purpose for the Penguins, simply not formally.

For this second, we have now to show the dial again all the approach to 2008, virtually to the very starting of this period of Penguins hockey and earlier than any of the on-ice success got here to fruition.

At this time, the Penguins rivalry with the Washington Capitals was starting to get up from a lengthy hibernation with the arrival of Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin taking the hockey world by storm and creating into the premier particular person rivalry of this technology.

Setting the stage, it’s March 9, 2008 and the Penguins are dealing with off with the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center in a Sunday afternoon matinee broadcast nationally on NBC. As was the case for so many nice moments throughout the Crosby/Ovechkin rivalry, Doc Emerick was on the name.

The Penguins and Capitals have been locked in a tight battle with the sport tied 2-2 late in the third interval. In the closing minute, the Penguins have been pushing arduous to attain earlier than the horn and forestall time beyond regulation.

It was an all out scramble from the Penguins searching for the sport profitable purpose however nothing might get previous goaltender Cristobal Huet. Eventually the puck got here to Sidney Crosby who was posted close to the purpose mouth, and with one hand on his stick, put a innocent wanting shot on purpose.

Huet simply stopped the shot and directed it apart to Nicklas Backstrom who tried to clear the puck away from hazard. Instead of placing it out of attain into the nook, Backstrom buried the shot proper into his personal web to present the Penguins a 3-2 lead.

All Alex Ovechkin might do was crumple to the ice in disbelief whereas the Verizon Center crowd was left shocked by what simply occurred. In the frenzy, Doc Emerick recognized Pascal Dupuis as the purpose scorer however upon additional evaluation it was fairly clear Backstrom was in actual fact the one who scored, His first and solely purpose for the Penguins.

In the finish, Crosby was credited for the purpose being the final Penguins participant to the touch the puck earlier than Backstrom shot it into the web behind Huet. Jordan Staal went on to attain an empty web purpose a few moments later to seal the Penguins victory.

There are loads of different moments from the Crosby/Ovechkin rivalry that come to thoughts when choosing the finest, however this was certainly one of the first and fortuitously it benefited the Penguins.

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