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Nicklas Backstrom Named NHL’s First Star of the Week

Super Swede!

NHL: Washington Capitals at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

A day after being honored for his 500th career assist, the NHL is recognizing Backstrom for adding to that assist total (and throwing in a few goals for good measure) over the past week by naming him the First Star of the Week.

Backstrom led all players in scoring last week, piling up 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in four games. He recorded multiple points in each of the games, with goals in three of them, and moved into the League’s Top 10 in scoring with 42 points.

Here’s more from the Caps:

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has been named the NHL’s “First Star” for the week ending Jan. 15, the NHL announced today.

Backstrom led the League in assists (7) and points (10) in four contests during the week as the Capitals won all four games to extend their overall winning streak to nine contests and propel Washington to the top of the NHL standings (29-9-5, 63 points). Backstrom registered multi-point games in all four games starting with one goal and one assist in a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 9. On Jan. 11, he recorded one goal and three assists in a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, followed by one goal and one assist in a 6-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 13. Backstrom finished the week by notching two assists in a 5-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 15. In his 10th season, all with the Capitals, the Galve, Sweden, native leads the Capitals and is tied for 10th in League scoring with 42 points (12g, 30a).

Congrats, Nick!

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports