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Capitals applaud 'amazing' Backstrom as center is honored for 600 assists

The Washington Capitals honored longtime center Nicklas Backstrom for eclipsing 600 career assists with a pregame ceremony Wednesday night before playing their game against Pittsburgh.

The league gave Backstrom a commemorative crystal and team owner Ted Leonsis presented him with a golden puck.

“I think ceremonies like this doesn’t happen every day, so I will take full advantage and enjoy it,” Backstrom said at the team’s morning skate.

Backstrom was humble when talking about the achievement, while his teammates and coach reflected on what he has meant to the Capitals organization.

Skating toward the blue line in Washington’s offensive zone, Backstrom beat his marker with an unexpected spin move and backhand pass to T.J. Oshie, who caught it in stride and on the tape of his stick, setting him up to score.

Against the Oilers Monday, Backstrom ’s line frequently matched up with Connor McDavid’s, and the Capitals were able to hold the best player in hockey without a point at even strength.

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