WASHINGTON, D.C. — How do you like them apples? The Washington Capitals saw hundreds of rubber apples flood the ice at Capital One Arena on Saturday, as Nicklas Backstrom scored the go-ahead goal for the Capitals in the third period on the same night he was honored for reaching 1,000 career points.
Washington paid tribute to No. 19 with a pregame ceremony and festivities in D.C. on Saturday, awarding him with a golden stick, custom wedges and a Tiffany crystal. The team also gave away squishy “N1KY” apples to fans at the game to commemorate Backstrom’s milestone.
And, on his night, Backstrom scored his sixth goal of the season to make it 3-2 for the Capitals over New Jersey. The building erupted in applause, and in celebration, fans threw the apples onto the ice.
The man of the night! pic.twitter.com/cTWEQlBh8Q
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) March 27, 2022
Apples flooded onto the rink, and Backstrom joined in the fun. He picked up one of the apples and took a bite, as he caught up with Alex Ovechkin on the bench. The two laughed, and players and staff then helped clear the ice.
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The Swede now has 24 points in 34 outings this season. In a full 82-game campaign, he would be on pace for 58 points. Backstrom also now has points in back-to-back games.