ARLINGTON, Va. - Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has been named the NHL's "First Star" for the week ending Jan. 15, the NHL announced today.
Video: WSH@MTL: Backstrom sweeps rebound home on backhand
Backstrom led the League in assists (7) and points (10) in four contests during the week as the Capitals won all four games to extend their overall winning streak to nine contests and propel Washington to the top of the NHL standings (29-9-5, 63 points).
Video: PIT@WSH: Backstrom drives the net, pads lead with PPG
Backstrom registered multi-point games in all four games starting with one goal and one assist in a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 9. On Jan. 11, he recorded one goal and three assists in a 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, followed by one goal and one assist in a 6-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 13.
Video: CHI@WSH: Backstrom buries Caps' second in 13 seconds
Backstrom finished the week by notching two assists in a 5-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 15. In his 10th season, all with the Capitals, the Galve, Sweden, native leads the Capitals and is tied for 10th in League scoring with 42 points (12g, 30a).