Player of the Week – Dec. 7

The Hockey News player of the week for the period of Nov. 30-Dec. 6 is Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom.

The Caps won all three games on the week, downing Carolina 3-2, Florida 6-2 and Philadelphia 8-2.

In the first game, Backstrom logged 22:05 of ice time and notched three points – two of which were goals. With a plus-2 rating and four shots on goal, Backstrom also notched the game-winner over the Canes.

For the remaining two games on the docket, Backstrom and the Caps were without superstar Alex Ovechkin, who was injured and serving a two-game suspension. Nonetheless, Backstrom recorded a goal against the Panthers in 21:33 of ice time on Thursday, but saved his best performance for last.

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In the destruction of the Flyers, Backstrom led the way, recording yet another goal and adding four helpers in 19:50 of ice time. With three power play points and two shots on the night, Backstrom brought his weekly tally to four goals, nine points and a plus-four rating on the week.

The Caps currently stand 18-5-6, good enough for first place in the conference, one point ahead of Pittsburgh with a game in hand. Backstrom has 33 points in 29 games himself, which places him tied for eighth in league scoring.