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Backstrom: Ovechkin breaking Gretzky's record is 'doable'

Backstrom: Ovechkin breaking Gretzky's record is 'doable'

Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin have long formed one of the most formidable offensive duos in the NHL.

This week on the Capitals Talk Podcast, Backstrom and Ovechkin sat with Rob Carlin to talk about everything from their early days together to their future.

One of the biggest storylines throughout Ovechkin's prolific career is his pursuit — whether he admits it or not — of Wayne Gretzky's all-time goals record. Ovechkin isn't too keen to talk about it, but Backstrom's stance is clear.

"Yeah I mean I did my math for the radio show there," Backstrom said. "No, you know what, I think it’s, I’m not gonna jinx it for him, but I think it’s doable. For sure. Like, without a doubt. I think so. And I know he’s hungry for it too."

The math would require 236 more goals for Ovechkin to tie Gretzky. He's averaged just under 50 goals per season during his career, meaning he'd need at least five more seasons to eclipse The Great One. That begs another question: Can Ovechkin keep up that pace and style of play late into his career? For Backstrom, the answer is simple.

"You know I honestly think [Ovi's] comment is the best one yet, 'Russian machine never breaks.' So I honestly think that’s actually true," Backstrom said. "So you know, he’s gonna play until he’s done. Whenever he decides. That’s up to him. So I mean I think it fits him very well."

There's no telling what the future holds for Ovechkin's game. Some superstars slowly break down, some decline rapidly. Others go out on top. Ovechkin didn't give a direct answer to the question, but he was sure about one thing. If he does it, he'd like Backstrom by his side.

"We’ll see. [Backstrom is] gonna sign six more years, and then I’ll sign for five more years and then, here we go," Ovechkin said.

You can listen to the full episode with Ovechkin and Backstrom here.


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T.J. Oshie meets up with Seattle Jr hockey players after game in Arizona

T.J. Oshie meets up with Seattle Jr hockey players after game in Arizona

Despite a 3-1 loss to the Coyotes as the Capitals continue their west coast swing, there was one good thing to come out of Saturday night.

Even after a disappointing game, T.J. Oshie took some time to visit with a young group of hockey players from the Seattle Jr Hockey Association, a minor hockey league located in the Pacific Northwest. The team happened to be in town as they participated in a travel tournament.

While this is already enough to make one smile, there's a deeper connection between Oshie and the SJHA that makes it even better. Oshie, who grew up in Washington, got his start in hockey playing in the same league as the kids he visited with. With them being in Phoenix, Oshie got the surprise opportunity to re-connect with his humble beginnings and make some young hockey players very happy.

The Caps performance on Saturday didn't give many reasons to feel good, but this moment provided by Oshie is something that will cheer anyone up.

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Capitals at Golden Knights: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

Capitals at Golden Knights: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

The Washington Capitals continue their road trip, heading to Vegas looking for recover from an 3-1 attack to Antti Raanta and the Arizona Coyotes Saturday night. 

While the Caps look for a win, Alex Ovechkin looks to make history, joining the 700 goal club. Ovi currently sits just two goals short at 698 goals and has not scored a goal in four straight games now but that can change in no time. 

The Caps will face Marc-Andre Fleury and the Golden Knights on Monday night at 6 p.m. Fleury earned the victory in the net for Vegas after collecting 19 saves in their shut out game over New York Islanders. The Golden Knights have won their last two games by one goal. 

Here is everything you need to know about the Monday night game, which takes place at 6:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington. 


What: Washington Capitals at Golden Knights, Game 59 of the 2019-20 NHL Regular Season

Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV 

When: Monday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Capitals at Golden Knights game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder Link)

Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals at Golden Knights on NBC Sports live stream page and on the MyTeams App.

Radio: Caps 24/7 Radio, 106.7 The Fan FM


5:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live

5:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live

6:00 PM: Capitals at Golden Knights

7:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live

9:00 PM: Caps Overtime Live

10:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live


Capitals: Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Upper body, day-to-day

Golden Knights: Alex Tuch, RW, Leg, Week-to-week


Alex Ovechkin, LW, Capitals (40-17-57): Sitting at 698 goals, Ovi remains on the brink of making history with 700 goals. As soon as Ovechkin reaches that mark he’ll be ranked among the greats including Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe and Jaromir Jagr.  

Braden Holtby, G, Capitals (21-12-4): Despite the Caps loss on Saturday Braden Holtby was by far the best player on the ice. Holtby stopped 28 of 30 shots during a 3-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Golden Knights (22-14-5): Fleury came in clutch earning a shutout by stopping all 19 shots that he faced in a 1-0 win against the New York Islanders on Saturday. Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his fourth shutout of the season and the 60th of his career.

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