PITTSBURGH—Nicklas Backstrom continues to climb the Capitals’ all-time list of playoff performers.
On Monday night, Backstrom’s scored his sixth goal of the postseason—the eventual game-winner in the Caps’ 5-2 win over the Penguins—to move into sole possession of third place on the franchise’s postseason goals list.
The tally was the 26th of Backstrom’s playoff career and it nudged him past Dale Hunter and into striking distance of Peter Bondra. Bondra is second on the list with 30, while Alex Ovechkin leads with 46.
Earlier in this series, Coach Barry Trotz implored his star players, like Backstrom, to take the lead.
Backstrom took his coach’s challenge to heart.
With a goal and an assist in Game 6, the 29-year-old Swede now leads the Caps in goals and points (13) this postseason. His six goals are the most he’s ever scored in one postseason and his point total ranks second to the 15 he amassed in 2009 (3 goals, 12 assists).
Backstrom has also heated up as these playoffs have progressed.
His third period snipe on Monday over Marc-Andre Fleury’s glove and into the corner of the net marked his fourth goal in five games and second and two contests as the Caps have rallied from a 3-1 series deficit.
Asked if he and his teammates have figured out Fleury—they’ve scored eight goals on the Penguins’ netminder in the past four periods—Backstrom wasn’t saying.
“I don’t know. I just closed my eyes and shoot, so…” Backstrom joked. “I just hit the net.”
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