N1KY Throwback: Remembering Nicklas Backstrom’s Hat Trick Against The Montreal Canadiens in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs – April 17, 2010

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On April 15, 2021, Washington Capitals Middle Nicklas Backstrom performed in his 1,000th common season recreation as a member of the staff. Whereas Stanley Cup Playoff video games don’t rely in that quantity, Backstrom has been part of many memorable video games within the staff’s current historical past. On this Retro Recap, NoVa Caps takes a glance again at one such recreation from over a decade in the past, on April 17, 2010.

The Capitals ended the 2009-10 common season with the very best document within the NHL, the winners of the Southeast Division (now defunct), the very best staff within the Japanese Convention, and a then-franchise document 54 victories and 121 factors to seize the President’s Trophy. In first spherical of the postseason, they have been matched in opposition to the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens, who completed the common season with a 39-33-10 document. The Habs took Recreation 1 by a 3-2 rating in extra time, establishing a Recreation 2 showdown two nights later on the Verizon Middle (now Capital One Area). This may show to be an evening to recollect for Backstrom and the Caps.

1st Interval

The Canadiens got here out swinging early within the opening body on a aim by Brian Gionta on the minute mark of the primary. The staff would take a 2-0 lead slightly below the 8:00 mark when Andrei Kostitsyn scored his first of the playoffs unassisted; this aim on Montreal’s second shot of the sport prompted Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau to drag starter Jose Theodore in favor of teen Semyon Varlamov. The Caps answered slightly below three minutes afterward a aim by ahead Eric Fehr, who scored his first of the postseason on an help from Tomas Fleischmann. The interval would go uneventful for the remainder of the best way, with neither staff seeing an influence play alternative.

2nd Interval

In contrast to the primary interval, the interval opened not with scoring, however with fisticuffs, as Capitals defenseman Tom Poti and Montreal ahead Scott Gomez dropped the gloves. Slightly below seven minutes later, Kostitsyn scored his second of the sport on assists from Cammalleri and Tomas Plekanec to place the guests forward 3-1. On the 17:44 mark Kostitsyn scored his third of the evening on the ability play to finish the hat trick, on assists from Cammalleri and Jaroslav Spacek. The Canadiens now led 4-1 and it appeared as if the Caps would face an uphill climb to seize the lead. Nevertheless, Backstrom would rating his first of the sport and second of the collection to chop the Habs’ lead in half, on assists from Commerce Deadline acquisition Joe Corvo and Alex Ovechkin. Cammalleri could be despatched to the sin bin for slashing on the 19:39 mark, placing the Caps on a late energy play because the second body winded down.

third Interval

Whereas the Capitals failed to attain on the penalty to the Canadiens, Ovechkin would lower the Caps’ deficit to at least one simply two minutes and 56 seconds into the ultimate body of regulation, scoring his first of the 2010 playoffs on assists from Matt Bradley and John Carlson to make the sport, 4-3. Capitals proper wing Alexander Semin could be referred to as for tripping simply over two minutes later, placing Montreal on a man-advantage. The Habs didn’t convert and simply over 5 minutes after the penalty was assessed to Semin, Backstrom potted his second of the sport to tie the sport at 4-4, on assists from Ovechkin and defenseman Jeff Schultz. The staff would get an influence play alternative to take the lead on the 11:27 mark, as Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill was referred to as for interference, nonetheless, the Caps didn’t capitalize. Simply minutes later, Tomas Plekanec scored his second of the collection to offer the Canadiens the 5-4 lead. With beneath two minutes remaining in regulation, Carlson (then solely 20-years previous and recent off a World Junior Championship Gold Medal a number of months earlier) scored his first profession playoff aim to tie the sport at 18:39 on assists from Backstrom and Ovechkin. The aim despatched the sport to extra time, following a 4-1 deficit that appeared insurmountable earlier within the evening.

Additional time

The extra time interval took lower than a minute to be determined, as Backstrom scored his third aim of the evening to finish the hat trick and tie the collection at 1-1, on the 0:31 mark. For his efforts, Backstrom was named the First Star of the Recreation for his four-point evening.

The Capitals would go on to take a 3-1 collection lead earlier than falling in seven video games in heartbreaking trend, stymied by the superb play of then-Montreal goaltender Jaroslav Halak. The Canadiens would advance to the Japanese Convention Finals, the place they’d fall in 5 video games to the eventual Stanley Cup runners-up, Philadelphia Flyers. The Caps, in the meantime, must wait one other eight years earlier than lastly cracking by way of and successful the Stanley Cup, following a daily season that resulted in heartbreaking trend within the first spherical of the playoffs.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born right into a household of diehard Capitals followers and has been watching video games so long as he can bear in mind. He was born the 12 months the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Ultimate, and is a diehard Caps fan, the proprietor of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favourite participant turned former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey resort whereas in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured throughout a conditioning stint. Michael can be a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys images, watching WildEarth TV’s SafariLive reside safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Picture by Adam Vingan in 2014 on the Capitals Improvement Camp).

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