Nicklas Backstrom is NHL’s First Star of the Week

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Posted January 16, 2017

(Caps Outsider)

Chances are, Nicklas Backstrom won’t overreact to this achievement, but he got it anyway: The NHL’s first star of the week.

via the Caps:

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).

Related: Backstrom reaches 500 career assists.