Alex Ovechkin's two-goal performance against the Penguins on Wednesday night — his 1,000th and 1,001st points — made headlines, but it was Nicklas Backstrom who garnered the awards.
On Monday morning, the NHL tabbed Backstrom as their "First Star of the Week."
Backstrom began the week having just eclipsed the 500 career assists plateau, and the 29-year-old Swede showed no signs of staying put. He finished the week with three goals and seven assists in the Capitals' four wins.
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Backstrom registered a goal and an assist in the Capitals' 4-1 win over the Canadiens, a goal and three assists Wednesday against the Penguins, a goal an an assist in the blowout win against the Blackhawks and finished strong with three assists in the 5-0 Sunday shutout against the Flyers. Backstrom had a hand in 10 of the Capitals 20 goals this week.
He also finished the week with a +7 plus/minus and notched two power-play assists as well.
Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins and Brock McGinn of the Carolina Hurricanes were the No. 2 and No. 3 stars of the week, respectively.
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