For reference, Ovechkin was the reigning Calder Trophy winner and No. 1 overall pick in 2005. The Caps took Backstrom with the fourth overall selection in the following draft and had Ovechkin make the announcement.
Backstrom and Ovechkin are the two most decorated players in the franchise's history. Backstrom is the team's all-time assist leader, Ovechkin is the all-time goals leader and they achieved the ultimate goal together in winning a Stanley Cup in 2018.
"I thought it was awesome," Backstrom said when asked what he thought of the video. "In our careers, we're going to be connected together, so that was just special I think."
The Capitals have sprinted out the best record in the NHL and are once again prime contenders for another cup.
With Backstrom locked in and the team playing as well as they have been, it's hard to picture a scenario where this group doesn't win a second Stanley Cup before their two franchise pillars hang up their skates for good.
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It will go down in the game notes as a fight, but that wouldn’t be an accurate enough word to describe the one-sided affair between Brenden Dillon and Evgeni Malkin on Sunday afternoon.
Playing in just his third game with Washington since being acquired from the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, defenseman Brenden Dillon took part in the highly contentious Capitals/Penguins rivalry for the first time. A player known for his toughness on the ice and reputation of sticking up for his teammates, Dillon didn’t take long to endear himself to fans by adding fuel to the longstanding bad blood between the two franchises.
Penguins center Evgeni Malkin shoved the Capitals’ Nic Dowd just after the buzzer sounded to mark the end of the first period. Dillon was quick to jump forward in support of his new teammate, pushing Malkin up against the glass and proceeding to get several headshots in before referees were able to peel him away.
The home crowd roared in support of the newly acquired defenseman, who’s already well on his way to becoming a fan favorite.
When Alex Ovechkin beat Devils goalie Mackenzie Blackwood to score the 700th goal of his NHL career, he put himself in the rarest of hockey company. It was an achievement only seven men had done before him and all of them are either in the Hall of Fame or on their way to enshrinement in the next few years.
But the man atop that list, the most storied player of them all, remains head and shoulders above the rest of the sport with 894 career goals—93 more than anyone else. Wayne Gretzky is a name respected by hockey fans everywhere as the greatest player of all time. So when he speaks, his voice carries weight.
Congrats on 700 Alex, @ovi8! You’re truly one of the all-time greats. See you at 800 @NHL
Ovechkin is the first player who has a chance to catch Gretzky’s record, which has stood for the last 21 years. Given he stays healthy, the 34-year-old should get close if he stays on the torrid pace he’s been able to maintain despite playing in his 15th season.
Ovechkin continues on a blistering goal-scoring pace as he continues to close in on all-time leader Wayne Gretzky: pic.twitter.com/rbuejLtimX