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Nicklas Backstrom has five points in Capitals win

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by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com
BACKSTROM, OSHIE LIFT CAPITALS OVER PENGUINS

Nicklas Backstrom (2-3-5) and T.J. Oshie (2-2-4) combined for four goals and nine points to help the Washington Capitals to a 7-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opener of their five-game homestand and a 5-2-0 record at Verizon Center this season.

* Backstrom equaled an NHL career high with his fifth five-point game and first since Dec. 10, 2013 against the Tampa Bay Lightning (1-4-5). Only Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin (6) has more such performances since Backstrom entered the League in 2007-08.

* Oshie also matched an NHL career high with his fourth four-point game and first since Dec. 18, 2015 against the Lightning (2-2-4). He shares the Capitals lead with eight goals.

Video: Oshie, Backstrom lead Capitals' rout of Penguins

 

WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps

WASHINGTON 7, Pittsburgh 1
CALGARY 2, Arizona 1 (OT)

 

LOOSE PUCKS

Forward Michael Frolik (1-1-2) had an assist on the tying goal in the third period and scored 49 seconds into overtime to help the Calgary Flames earn their second straight win following a four-game losing streak (0-4-0) . . . The Capitals scored a season-high seven goals, their most in one game since against the Ottawa Senators (7-1 W) on Jan. 10 . . . Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 533rd career goal to tie Frank Mahovlich for 32nd place in NHL history . . . Las Vegas announced details of its Nov. 22 ceremony to unveil its name and logo . . . MUST SEE: The Verizon Center crowd helped sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" after the microphone stopped working during pregame festivities.

Video: ARI@CGY: Frolik capitalizes off turnover for OT win

 

SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY'S ACTION

All Times Eastern
Tampa Bay @ Buffalo, 7 p.m., MSG-B, SUN
Winnipeg @ Philadelphia, 7 p.m., CSN-PH, TSN3
Florida @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., TSN4, FS-F
Nashville @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., TSN5, RDS, FS-TN
San Jose @ St. Louis, 8 p.m., FS-MW, CSN-CA
Boston @ Minnesota, 8 p.m., FS-N, NESN
Colorado @ Dallas, 8:30 p.m., FS-SW, ALT
Arizona @ Vancouver, 10 p.m., SNV, FS-A
New Jersey @ Anaheim, 10 p.m., PRIME, MSG+
Edmonton @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., SN360, FS-W

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BLUES HOST SHARKS IN PLAYOFF REMATCH

The St. Louis Blues (8-6-3, 19 points) play the San Jose Sharks (9-7-0, 18 points) at Scottrade Center for the first time since the 2016 Western Conference Final, a 4-2 series win by San Jose. In their last game, Logan Couture (1-2-3) and Joel Ward (2-0-2) combined for three of the Sharks' five goals to help them win Game 6 and advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in their history.

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