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Scoring change leaves Shattenkirk looking for first goal as a Capital—again

Scoring change leaves Shattenkirk looking for first goal as a Capital—again

After further review, Nicklas Backstrom did indeed score the Caps’ third goal in Tuesday’s 4-2 win over Calgary.

The goal was originally credited to Kevin Shattenkirk, who took the shot. But upon closer examination, the NHL has concluded that Backstrom got just a smidge of the puck as it crossed the goal line behind Flames’ netminder Brian Elliott.

The power play tally now reads Backstrom from Shattenkirk and T.J. Oshie. It was originally scored as Shattenkirk from Alex Ovechkin and Backstrom.

Oshie earned an assist, apparently, because the puck glanced off his skate in the slot before going to Shattenkirk for the shot.

So Backstrom now has 22 goals, but since he lost an assist on the play he’s now one behind Edmonton’s Connor McDavid for the league lead.

As for Shattenkirk? Well, he’s now looking for his first goal as a Capital—once again.

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Capitals score milestone goals in first period against Anaheim

Capitals score milestone goals in first period against Anaheim

The Washington Capitals struck first on Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks with a first period power play goal from T.J. Oshie. The goal did more than just put Washington up 1-0, however.

The goal was career point No. 400 for Oshie who is in his second season with the Caps. He now has 90 points with Washington.

With a secondary assist on the play, Nicklas Backstrom also reached a career milestone with his 700th career point. In reaching that mark at just 708 games played, Backstrom is the eighth fastest active player to reach 700. He is also just the fourth player in Caps history to reach 700 points.

Oshie returned the favor for Backstrom later in the first as he assisted on a goal by Backstrom giving each player their 401st and 701st career points respectively. The goal was career goal No. 181 for Backstrom which moved him past Dale Hunter and Michal Pivonka for 10th place on the franchise goal list.

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Barry Trotz calls Nicklas Backstrom 'one of the best passers that have played the game'

Barry Trotz calls Nicklas Backstrom 'one of the best passers that have played the game'

T.J. Oshie opened the scoring in Wednesday's game against the Boston Bruins with a breakaway goal that he neatly sent through the five-hole of goalie Tuukka Rask. He was so wide open, it looked like Oshie was essentially taking a penalty shot, something we all know he excels at.

But as nice as the finish was, the setup by Nicklas Backstrom was even better.

After intercepting a pass by Brad Marchand, Backstrom then sent a perfect saucer pass over the sticks of both Marchand and Colin Miller right to the blade of Oshie who was all alone behind the defense.

"It takes some touch," head coach Barry Trotz said of the pass.

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Despite the high degree of difficulty, Oshie said he knew immediately that Backstrom would be able to get him the puck which was evident as he immediately took off down the ice as soon as Backstrom stole the pass away.

"I knew Nick was going to be able to get that puck through those two guys to me," Oshie said. How?

"Just cause Nicky's Nicky."

As incredible as the pass was, the Caps have gotten used to those kinds of dazzling plays from the veteran center. But don't make the mistake of thinking those kinds of plays are commonplace.

Trotz added context to Backstrom's phenomenal skill level after the game.

"It looks normal to us, but he's got elite hands. He's one of the best passers that have played the game. You look at how many passes and how he makes it and how he runs the power play and his poise and his patience. He's an outstanding player, playmaker, as good as anybody.

"He's the best I've ever coached, that's for sure, when it comes to playmaking."

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