Latest Nicklas Backstrom News

Since losing ’18 final, Golden Knights look more like Caps

Nov. 13, 2019 3:09 PM EST

Almost 18 months since the Vegas Golden Knights’ improbable inaugural season ended, they look much more like the team that vanquished them in the Stanley Cup Final. If you can’t beat ’em, be more like ’em. Once a ragtag group relying on more will than skill, Vegas is beginning to...

NHL-leading Capitals beat Knights for 6th consecutive win

Nov. 9, 2019 10:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bird is back, and the Capitals keep soaring. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his sixth goal of the season and unleashed his famous flapping bird celebration for the first time this season to help Washington beat the Vegas Golden Knights 5-2 Saturday night in a meeting of the 2018 Stanley Cup...

Ovechkin caps big night with OT goal, Caps beat Leafs 4-3

Oct. 30, 2019 12:28 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Alex Ovechkin called out the Maple Leafs — and then backed up his words with his play. Ovechkin scored his second goal of the game during an overtime power play to complete a four-point night, and the Washington Capitals beat Toronto 4-3 on Tuesday night. Earlier Tuesday, the...

Backstrom scores in shootout, Capitals beat Canucks 6-5

Oct. 26, 2019 2:42 AM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Vancouver captain Bo Horvat says the Canucks simply weren't good enough to steal a win from the Washington Capitals on Friday night. Though the Canucks led by four goals late in the second period, Washington rallied late and beat Vancouver 6-5 in a shootout. "It's a...

Carlson scores 2 to help Capitals beat Flames 5-3

Oct. 23, 2019 1:43 AM EDT

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Alex Ovechkin is starting an early-season campaign for teammate John Carlson to win this season's Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman. "Johnny for Norris. That's a hashtag right now," the Capitals captain said after Carlson's two goals helped the Washington Capitals to a...

Carlson leads Caps to first home win, 4-3 over Maple Leafs

Oct. 17, 2019 12:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once again, the Washington Capitals have a player near the top of the NHL in scoring. Just not the one you might expect. John Carlson had a goal and two assists, giving the defenseman 14 points, and the Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 Wednesday night for their first home win of...

Ekholm's late goal leads Predators over Capitals, 6-5

Oct. 11, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a game dominated by offense, a defenseman scored the game-winner. Mattias Ekholm scored with 4:40 remaining to cap a wild third period and lead the Nashville Predators to a 6-5 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. Ryan Johansen scored twice and Filip Forsberg,...

Seguin scores in OT, Stars beat Caps for 1st win of season

Oct. 8, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mired in the franchise's worst start since moving to Dallas, Stars players spoke up at their team dinner to set things straight. Feeling a sense of deja vu trailing in their fourth game of the season, another fiery fireside chat at the second intermission finally snapped them out of their...

Gardiner scores OT winner, Carolina beats Caps 3-2

Oct. 5, 2019 11:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three new players helped the Carolina Hurricanes beat an old nemesis on Saturday night. Jake Gardiner scored his first goal for his new team in the last minute of overtime, James Reimer debuted by making 33 stops and the Hurricanes rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period for a...

Variety of champs shows there's no one Stanley Cup blueprint

Sep. 28, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

Had the night of June 12 gone differently, maybe NHL rivals would be looking to the Boston Bruins as the model to follow to win the Stanley Cup. "We were one game away to change the narrative of how teams should be structured," Bruins defenseman Torey Krug said. The Bruins lost Game 7 of the final to the big,...