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Backstrom Named NHL's Third Star of the Week

Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter, Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward and Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Nov. 20.

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Nicklas Backstrom has been named the NHL's Third Star of the Week for the week ending Nov. 20.

Video: Backstrom scores four to earn Third Star of the Week

Backstrom led the NHL with 4-4-8 in four games to power the Capitals (11-5-2, 24 points) to five out of a possible eight standings points. He scored the club's lone goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Nov. 15 before matching a career high with 2-3-5, including the decisive tally, in a 7-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Nov. 16. Backstrom then was held off the scoresheet in a 1-0 triumph over the Detroit Red Wings Nov. 18, but closed the week with 1-1-2 in a 3-2 loss to the Blue Jackets Nov. 20. The 28-year-old Gävle, Sweden, native paces the Capitals with 12 assists and 17 points in 18 outings this season. 


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