Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom
and left wing Alex Ovechkin
have been named the league’s First and Second Stars of the Week, the NHL announced today.
Backstrom led the NHL with 11 points in four games including two goals, nine assists and a +10 rating. He matched a personal best of four assists in a game and set a personal record with five points Saturday night at New Jersey. He currently holds his longest career assist streak at five games (Nov. 8-15). Backstrom has 16 points on the season (two goals, 14 assists) and is tied with Alexander Semin
for the team lead in assists.
Ovechkin has recorded a goal in the Capitals’ last four games, totaling 10 points (five goals, five assists) and a league-best +11 rating in that span. Teammates Ovechkin and Semin currently lead the NHL in plus/minus with a +17 rating; Backstrom is third at +11. This season Ovechkin has recorded 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists).
Nashville goaltender Dan Ellis was named the NHL’s third star.