Tag:Nicklas Backstrom
Posted on: April 22, 2010 2:40 am

Three Stars: April 21

By Erin Brown

First Star: Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks

Sedin scored with 2:52 left in the game to give Vancouver the lead for good in its 6-4 win over Los Angeles. Sedin also registered an assist.

Second Star: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

Ovechkin led the Capitals with two goals and an assist for his second multiple-point effort in three games.

Third Star: Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals

Backstrom tallied a goal, two assists and a plus-4 rating in Washington's 6-4 win over Montreal.

Honorable Mentions

Goat of the night: Drew Stafford, Buffalo Sabres

Stafford jumped on the ice a little to early for a shift during overtime, leading to a too many men on the ice penalty for the Sabres. Boston's Miroslav Satan scored the game-winner the ensuing power play to give Boston a 3-2 victory.

Posted on: April 22, 2010 1:36 am
Edited on: April 29, 2010 12:58 am

Samuelsson's consistency keeps Canucks afloat

By Erin Brown

Mikael Samuelsson does not talk about what it takes to win a Stanley Cup. He shows how it is done.

Samuelsson scored his fifth goal of the playoffs Wednesday night, sparking a third-period comeback by the Vancouver Canucks in their 6-4 triumph over the Los Angeles Kings. The tally matched Samuelsson's career-high.

"I don't think I have to be that vocal -- that comes from the coach," Samuelsson told the Vancouver Province prior to the start of the series. "If they need me, maybe I'll do it but I've got to show by example."

Samuelsson has been the most consistent Canucks forward through four games, with goals in each contest as well as an assist in Game 3. He shares the league lead for goals with Washington's Nicklas Backstrom and Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg .

It is a complete reversal for the Swede, who won a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008. Samuelsson finished up last year's postseason with a 10-game goal drought.

The difference? The winger has played more prominent role Samuelsson plays in Vancouver's offense and he is letting his stick is do all the talking.

Posted on: April 18, 2010 2:02 am
Edited on: April 18, 2010 2:03 am

Three Stars: April 17

By Erin Brown

First Star: ★ Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals

Backstrom posted a four-point night, including a hat trick. Backstrom's first sparked Washington's rally to overcome a 4-1 deficit, his second squared it at four apiece and his third was the overtime game-winner.

Second Star: ★ ★ Andrei Kostitsyn, Montreal Canadiens

It isn't often a three-goal night goes to waste, but that's exactly what the Canadiens' did with Kostitsyn's effort. The first of his playoff career, Kostitsyn's hat trick was the first by a Canadiens player since 1993.

Third Star: ★ ★ ★ Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Kopitar's two points came at crucial times for the Kings, who knotted their series with the Vancouver Canucks. Kopitar set up teammate Wayne Simmonds on a 3-on-1 to the tie game at two apiece, then scored his first career playoff goal in overtime.

Honorable Mentions

Goat of the night: Jose Theodore, Washington Capitals

For the second straight year, Theodore entered as Washington's No. 1 goaltender and failed to get through the second game. He allowed goals on the first two Canadiens shots and was pulled in favor of Semyon Varlamov. Theodore becomes the first goalie since Ed Belfour in 1990 to allow two goals on two shots in a playoff game.

Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:39 am

Wraparound: A recap of Saturday's games

No. 6 Boston Bruins 5, No. 3 Buffalo Sabres 3

Series tied, 1-1

In cracking the Buffalo Sabres' third-period lockdown, Michael Ryder and Zdeno Chara scored two minutes apart and led the Bruins to a 5-3 comeback victory on Saturday that tied the first-round, Eastern Conference playoff series at 1. Recap | Stats


No. 1 Washington Capitals 6, No. 8 Montreal Canadiens 5 (OT)

Series tied, 1-1

Nicklas Backstrom completed a hat trick by scoring only 31 seconds into overtime, helping the top-seeded Capitals finish a Wild comeback to beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-5 Saturday night and even their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series at a game apiece. Recap | Stats


No. 6 Los Angeles Kings 3, No. 3 Vancouver Canucks 2 (OT)

Series tied, 1-1

Anze Kopitar scored on a power play 7:28 into overtime and the Los Angeles Kings overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Saturday, tying the Western Conference series at a game apiece. Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 17, 2010 10:14 pm
Edited on: April 17, 2010 10:38 pm

Washington's big guns break through in Game 2

By Erin Brown

It took nearly 100 minutes for Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom to find their game against stifling Montreal Canadiens defense. When the Washington Capitals' top guns finally did, they were close to unstoppable.

Backstrom and Ovechkin combined for eight points in the Capitals' 6-5 overtime win against the Canadiens on Saturday.

"The second period was kind of embarrassing," Backstrom said, referring to a defensive collapse which led to a 4-1 Canadiens lead. "We stepped it up at the end of the second and the third. We never gave up, and that's a good sign, I think."

Backstrom and Ovechkin rallied with goals late in the second and early in the third period to erase Washington's three-goal deficit. Backstrom then struck 31 seconds into overtime to complete his hat trick.

The turnaround was most significant for Ovechkin, who was held without a shot for just the fourth time in his career in Game 1.

"He's a big part of this team, a big key," Backstrom said. "It was good to see him get going again and hopefully we can keep going on the road."

Washington's Big Guns
  Ovechkin Backstrom
Statistic Game 1 Game 2 Game 1 Game 2
Goals 0 1 1 3
Assists 0 3 0 1
Shots 0 6 6 6
Plus-Minus 0 +3 0 +3

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