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A look at a familiar spot for a pair of veteran Caps

Washington Capitals v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Five Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

10 - Number of times Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have played a Game 7 together, the most Game 7 appearances as teammates in NHL history, per the League, a mark they’ll add to tonight in Tampa. (Further, only Zdeno Chara, with 12, has played in more Games 7 among active players, with Patrick Roy and Scott Stevens holding the all-time mark with a lucky 13 Game 7 appearances.)

Ovechkin and Backstrom’s Caps have gone 3-7 over the previous ten Games 7 (with one of those wins coming on the road, back in 2012 in Boston), and here’s how they’ve performed, individually, in those games (Ovechkin first, then Backstrom):


Both players will have an opportunity to continue to write their respective legacies tonight in Tampa.