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Milestone Year for Nicky

by Capitals PR / Washington Capitals

Nicklas Backstrom played in his 500th NHL game on Oct. 18 against Florida and earned his 500th NHL point on Oct. 22 at Edmonton with an assist in the first period. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only five active players have reached the 500-point milestone faster than Backstrom: Sidney Crosby (369 GP), Alex Ovechkin (373 GP), Evgeni Malkin (413 GP), Jaromir Jagr (419 GP) and Dany Heatley (456 GP). Backstom became the first member of the 2006 draft class to reach 500 points on Oct. 22 and the first member of the 2006 draft class to reach 400 assists on Jan. 27.

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