Nicklas Backstrom is going a long way to prove that he is more than just Alex Ovechkin's caddy.áHe had a two-goal nightùhis fifth of the seasonùto lead the Washington Captials to a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators before a sold out Verizon Center. Backstrom added an assist as well on Mike Knuble's first-period goal and was simply dominant.á In addition to the scoring, heáwas 53 per centáin the dot on faceoffs andápart ofáa penalty kill that gave up just two shots in six minutes shorthanded. Newly-minted captain Alex Ovechkin had a goal (his 28th of the campaign) and assisted on both of Backstrom's tallies, breaking a two-game scoreless streak. The Caps got out to a quick 2-0 lead, courtesy of some good old-fashioned hard work.á The fourth line had several good shifts in the first ...
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