WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom did in fact like them apples at Capital One Arena on Saturday.
The Capitals honored Backstrom prior to puck drop against the New Jersey Devils for hitting the 1,000-point mark earlier in the month. Backstrom was given a golden stick, Tiffany crystal and custom golf wedges from his teammates for reaching the milestone.
Not only that, but fans also got in on the festivities. Washington supplied fans with a giveaway of rubber squishy apples with “N1KY” imprinted on them to commemorate Backstrom’s accomplishment. And in the third period, Backstrom scored to make it 3-2, and the apples flooded the ice, mesmerizing the 34-year-old Swede.
“I was like, ‘this is amazing,'” Backstrom said. “I didn’t score a hat trick, but it was fun that the crowd did it. It was hilarious, I think. And then all the players just kept shoveling. They needed some help. It was just an awesome experience, I think.”
It took a bit for the Capitals to clear the ice and resume the game following the toss, which made for one of the wildest celebrations at Capital One Arena.
Backstrom also added an assist on Alex Ovechkin’s game-winning goal en route to a 4-3 win for Washington. He is now up to 25 points through 34 games, which would put him on pace for 60 points in a full season.
The fun continued in the locker room, as Backstrom’s teammates tossed rubber apples at No. 19, who was all smiles.
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In the end, the night and ceremony meant a lot to No. 19, who is now up to 1,006 points in his monumental career.
“It was obviously a great night and fun night,” Backstrom noted. “All emotional at the start and then play a game right after. But then obviously, it finished the way me and the team wanted, with a win. That was obviously good.”