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Backstrom on 100th point

Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom recorded his 100th point of the season, appropriately on an assist to Alex Ovechkin for his 50th goal. The duo became the first in Capitals history each to record 100 points in the same season as Washington, with a 5-2 win against Atlanta, became the first non-Original Six team to have a 120-point season.

Here's Backstrom talking about what he and Ovechkin might do with the milestone puck:

By Gene Wang  |  April 10, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
 
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WTG Backie! I think it will be hilarious i Ovie and Backie actually split the puck...very fitting as they are obviously so beneficial for eachother.

Anyone else notice that when Crosby got his 49t nhl.com headline was Crosby Rockets towards Richard...ovie gets his50th and the lead...Ovie get 50th in Caps win.

It doesn't surprise me aymore, but it's still annoying.

Posted by: capscoach | April 10, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

SO excited for Backstrom!!!! About time he got some credit for his outstanding play all year!! Now go get that CUP!!!

Posted by: capswench | April 10, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

WOW, I love how BB both applaudes and challenges his players -- that not all 20 have been playing their a-game at once. Brilliant to both elevate and challenge at the same time. You can tell the Caps love playing for Gabby -- high praise from Semin even, the most Gothic (i.e. moody and skeptical) Cap of them all.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 10, 2010 8:37 AM

@JIMALLCAPS1: Interesting word-choice to describe Sëmin's personality. Depending on how he is performing at any given moment, I have heard many different adjectives used to describe our Sasha. Never in a million years, though, would I have expected "Gothic" to be among them.

Posted by: Rhino40 | April 10, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Tarik, two things:

(1) Do you have footage of the President's Cup ceremony before the start of last night's game and

(2) Can you post said footage?

I don't know if it was broadcast last night, but either way, I would like to see it.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 10, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

*I meant President's Trophy, not Cup.

I'm already looking ahead as I'm sure the players are.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 10, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Interesting word-choice to describe Sëmin's personality. Depending on how he is performing at any given moment, I have heard many different adjectives used to describe our Sasha. Never in a million years, though, would I have expected "Gothic" to be among them.

Posted by: Rhino40 | April 10, 2010 8:59 AM |

Enigma!

Posted by: richmondphil | April 10, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Does any team really think they will take the Caps in a best of 7 series? This team is devastating their opponents in games they don't even care about. The Pens are so incredibly doomed, it's going to be so much fun to watch.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 10, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Actually, having watched a couple of Sasha's interviews in original (not translated) version, "humble" is probably the first word that comes to one's mind.

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 10, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Listening to Japers' Rink radio and the guys just threw out this stat:

For every time the Caps play Pittsburgh, we have one less PP than when we play other teams.

For every time we play Pittsburgh, we've had to kill one more PP than when we play other teams.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 10, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Nope. It's enigmatic enigma.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 10, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

it's kinda amusing how a lot of people on here wanna talk about all the bad decisions and turnovers that players like Corvo and Poti supposedly make every game, jump on them at every opportunity they see but when Ovi makes a blatant mistake which leads to a shorthanded goal like last night, nobody talks about it.

the Caps could beat EVERY team in the NHL rather easily in a seven game series if every game was played 5 on 5. the problem is not just when they're on PK. as long as they have Ovi playing the point and keep giving up chances like that, it's gonna be exploited in the playoffs by the elite teams. they would have to score about 10 PP goals to make up for a shortie like last night's in the playoffs.

Posted by: joek443 | April 10, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

In short; Put Ovi at the half boards on the PP.

(And I know you were in the chat last night Gussy..the turnover was talked about. :) )

Posted by: richmondphil | April 10, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

the link for the president cup ceremony. this is also the link for the pre/post game complete interviews.

http://capitals.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp

Posted by: CapsSkins | April 10, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Actually, having watched a couple of Sasha's interviews in original (not translated) version, "humble" is probably the first word that comes to one's mind.

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 10, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Thanks so much for this comment, @igor_k17. It's funny how people extrapolate from what little information they have to paint a picture that fits their outlook.

In Sasha's case, people seem to think he hasn't bothered to learn English simply because he's reluctant to give interviews in English, but every indication is that he does speak passable English and he's a relatively shy guy, and thus has chosen not to give interviews. People can take offense at that, but I'm not sure why. You've added humble as well, which is helpful. He may not smile broadly after every goal, but that doesn't mean he's morose (or gothic) or whatever. People need to be careful not to imprint their own projections of Semin just because he's more of a blank slate than other players.

He has been utterly and completely awesome lately. What an incredible player!

Posted by: Justafan | April 10, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Somewhere along the way, Backstrom has become the best player on this team.

He, OV and Semin are now clicking on all cylindars. Could be scary!

Posted by: underpants2 | April 10, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

With us having the most dominate power play the last two seasons and Ovie being the key cog on the point, I would leave it alone. Sure we will give up a shortie every now and then, or a odd man rush a few ocassions, but this has been the formula for two seasons (or more).

I think te only time you take him off the power play point is when we get a extra man advantage and its late in the game and we have the lead.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | April 10, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Theodore is now 19-0-2/2.54/.923 in games he has started in 2010.

Picked this up from Japer's....really?!?!

Go Theo.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 10, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Actually, having watched a couple of Sasha's interviews in original (not translated) version, "humble" is probably the first word that comes to one's mind.

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 10, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Thanks so much for this comment, @igor_k17. It's funny how people extrapolate from what little information they have to paint a picture that fits their outlook.

In Sasha's case, people seem to think he hasn't bothered to learn English simply because he's reluctant to give interviews in English, but every indication is that he does speak passable English and he's a relatively shy guy, and thus has chosen not to give interviews. People can take offense at that, but I'm not sure why. You've added humble as well, which is helpful. He may not smile broadly after every goal, but that doesn't mean he's morose (or gothic) or whatever. People need to be careful not to imprint their own projections of Semin just because he's more of a blank slate than other players.

He has been utterly and completely awesome lately. What an incredible player!

Posted by: Justafan

Agree and nicely say by both of you. I would have been nasty and said that there is a lot of people on this blog that have a screw or two loose, they live on an imaginary world where they actually believe they know these players. Their analysis (if you can call it that) and conclusions are a by product of under-developed brain cells. As someone that came to this country with zero knowledge of the English language, I can empathize with the problems of foreigners with limited knowledge of the English language and the resulting behaviors of the uneducated American towards them.

Posted by: hock1 | April 10, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Is it not great to be a Caps fan? Also, am I the only one that saw the knee on knee Green suffered in the 3rd? We are lucky he wasn't severly injured.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 10, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

In all fairness, let's also remember that English is a royal 8330+C# of a second language to learn, riddled with inconsistences/exceptions in spelling, written grammar, and pronunciation. Even native speakers can have a hard time getting it right. And yet we expect someone who was born and raised under a different...alphabet 4-crys-aches...to have an easy time communicating. Amazing.

Posted by: Rhino40 | April 10, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Let's not overlook JT60's performance last night and throughout the season--Overcoming adversity to become the first Caps goalie in a long time to win 30 games. Take THAT, haters!

Posted by: Rhino40 | April 10, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Let's not overlook JT60's performance last night and throughout the season--Overcoming adversity to become the first Caps goalie in a long time to win 30 games. Take THAT, haters!

Posted by: Rhino40 | April 10, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

KUdos to JT60 for a great game and a great season thus far.

Take THAT, Haters!

Posted by: Rhino40 | April 10, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

It really is a great time to be a Caps fan. Last night was incredible. We got there early so that we wouldn't miss anything and we could feel the excitement. It was electric. I just knew it was going to be a special night. Somehow it's fitting that Ovi got his 50th goal on the same play in which Backie got his 100th point. How great is it that we have two top line combos that work so brilliantly: Ovi, Backie, Knubes and Ovi, Backie, Semin. And for last night's top line to get the three stars was a great ending to the game.

It's good to see the guys ramping it up for the start of the playoffs. Their streak IMO gave them confidence and consistency. And it ended early enough for them to rebuild their momentum for the playoffs.

I find it interesting that the two teams who have won the last five games or so are Washington and Chicago, the two teams most touted early on. I will be watching that conference avidly as we Rock the Red here during the playoffs.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | April 10, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Awesome night for Bäckis and Ovie!

Both players arriving at those milestones not only in the same game but on the same play was a once-in-a-lifetime moment I will always be proud to have witnessed---even if it was on my TV set and not in person.

It's an indisputable fact that those moments--both the play itself and the photo-ops with the puck afterward--were moments in keeping with the very finest traditions of "old-school" NHL hockey.


Life is good...


WHO SAID D.C. AIN'T A HOCKEYTOWN? LET'S GO CAPS! ONWARD TO THE CUP!!!

Posted by: Rhino40 | April 10, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Sid-The-Id must have gotten physically ill watching the Ovie/Bäckis show on the tube last night. He was probably so upset that he ground his teeth down to the gums (which should make his pout even more purple) and couldn't sleep until Mario brought some hot cocoa...

HAHAHAHA LULZ HAHAHAHA Take THAT, Cindy!!!

Posted by: Rhino40 | April 10, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

"they would have to score about 10 PP goals to make up for a shortie like last night's in the playoffs.

Posted by: joek443"

Last time I checked a shorthanded goal was worth exactly the same amount as any other goal.

Posted by: butcherbaker | April 10, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

@MyPostIDisAfake (haha nice id)
the footage is on washingtoncaps.com

Posted by: RussianMachineNeverBreaks | April 10, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I feel bad for Semin sometimes, because it must have been one huge case of culture shock coming to DC. He's basically from a small town setting in Russia, and then he comes to this huge city in a different country. I know from some videos that he speaks at least some English, but I don't think he's ever quite gotten used to the kind of spotlight he's under here in DC. Still, it seems like he is feeling more and more at home, and I hope to see him here for years to come.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 10, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

(And I know you were in the chat last night Gussy..the turnover was talked about. :) )

Posted by: richmondphil | April 10, 2010 10:29 AM

i thought the same thing while reading gusssy last night - so it wasn't just me

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 10, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Last time I checked a shorthanded goal was worth exactly the same amount as any other goal.

Posted by: butcherbaker | April 10, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

NOT every goal is the same in hockey nor is every TD in football... when your team is in the red zone and about to score a TD or at least get a FG and the other team picks it off and goes the other way for a TD, is that just another TD?

Posted by: joek443 | April 10, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

It would be nice to see Semin get #40, Green get #20, and Schultz get +/- 50 on Sunday.

Posted by: zmega | April 10, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

they are happy about Ovi's 50th in Russia!

http://tinypic.com/r/2e5v7o6/5

[grabbed from a russian feed]

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 10, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

@timmyv38

I also get the feeling that Semin is probably a very shy person, in general.

(His closest friends can get him out of his shell. And he has an "All Pro" laugh, it is reported.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 10, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

@Justafan

Great post on Semin. BTW, I wonder why you changed your name from Sonyask.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 10, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

BTW, has anyone gotten their playoff tickets in the mail yet?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 10, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

@Justafan

Great post on Semin. BTW, I wonder why you changed your name from Sonyask.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 10, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Cause it was misleading. I had Sonyask with the Post going way back associated with some other chats, and there was a reason for it. But people here assumed I was female. I'm not.

Just a Fan is a great old favorite song by Wilco from their first album. It's not a bad name for me on this site.

Posted by: Justafan | April 10, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I haven't seen my tix yet.

Posted by: Justafan | April 10, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75 -- just got an e-mail from the club indicating that the tickets have been shipped.

Posted by: Justafan | April 10, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Folks have seen the NY Times magazine cover article about OV?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/11/magazine/11Ovechkin-t.html?ref=sports

Posted by: DKSW | April 10, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

@Justafan

Thanks. I just checked my E-mail and I got a E-mail about the tickets being shipped as well.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 10, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

WOW!!! The Bees just scored 3 shorties in just 64 seconds!!!

Looks like they are out as a potential 1st round opponent. And we are getting Thomas tomorrow! I guess AO's chances for another Richard trophy just got a little better ;-)

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 10, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

"Last time I checked a shorthanded goal was worth exactly the same amount as any other goal.

Posted by: butcherbaker | April 10, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

NOT every goal is the same in hockey nor is every TD in football... when your team is in the red zone and about to score a TD or at least get a FG and the other team picks it off and goes the other way for a TD, is that just another TD?

Posted by: joek443"

---------------------------

It might hurt more but it's not worth more points. Does the first team then need to score ten touchdowns to make things even again? No, they need to score one and they're back where they started.

The Caps have given up a pretty average number of shorthanded goals this year. They also have the best power play in the league by a HUGE margin. Shorties are not a big issue for this team. Don't mess with success.

Posted by: butcherbaker | April 10, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

sometimes they NEVER get another chance after a costly mistake like that... remember the last game Favre ever played for the Packers? sometimes they're worth more than 10 TD's or goals.

let's say the Caps play the Hawks who have scored the most shorties this season (13) in the finals. do you really think it would be a good idea to keep letting Ovi play the point against them??

Posted by: joek443 | April 10, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

@ let's say the Caps play the Hawks who have scored the most shorties this season (13) in the finals. do you really think it would be a good idea to keep letting Ovi play the point against them??

Posted by: joek443 | April 10, 2010 3:04 PM

In a heart beat.I dont let the other team dictate how we play, especially when its our strength. Just because they have 13 shorties,will still have the #1 PP.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | April 10, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

@ let's say the Caps play the Hawks who have scored the most shorties this season (13) in the finals. do you really think it would be a good idea to keep letting Ovi play the point against them??

Posted by: joek443 | April 10, 2010 3:04 PM

In a heart beat.I dont let the other team dictate how we play, especially when its our strength. Just because they have 13 shorties,will still have the #1 PP.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | April 10, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

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