Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom scores drifting OT winner to even series with New York Islanders

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom came up clutch in overtime to tie his team’s first-round series against the New York Islanders. After winning a draw in the offensive zone, Backstrom curled towards the blueline and fired a seeing-eye wristshot that found the back of the net.

As the old adage goes, good things happen when you put the puck to the net. Capitals star center Nicklas Backstrom will be preaching that mantra after evening up Washington’s first-round series with a seemingly innocuous wristshot that found the back of the net.

Midway through the extra frame, after a faceoff victory by Backstrom, the Capitals pounced on the loose puck before it ended up back on Backstrom’s tape. After curling to the top of the New York zone, Backstrom opened his body towards the Islanders goal and simply floated a shot towards the net that somehow found its way past Jaroslav Halak and lifted the Capitals to victory:

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Basckstrom’s goal his third of the series and is yet another huge goal by the talented pivot. In Game 2, Backstrom scored the game-tying goal after the Capitals went down 3-1 to Islanders and, now, he’s added a game-winner to his totals.

Had the Capitals lost the contest, they would have gone down 3-1 in the series going back to Washington for a must-win game. Instead, the Capitals have regained home-ice advantage in the series and can take a 3-2 lead with a victory. Game 5 goes Thursday at the Verizon Center.