Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom not only has elite playmaking ability, but some decent vocals to boot. The Swede made the most of the good acoustics at Capital One Arena on Wednesday to show off his acapella skills against the Edmonton Oilers.
Backstrom was mic’d up and vocal for NHL on TNT’s broadcast of Oilers-Capitals, and when linemate Conor Sheary scored to pull Washington to 3-2, Backstrom celebrated by serenading No. 73.
On the bench with Sheary, Backstrom hit the high notes and sang his own rendition of Sheary’s goal song, “Sherry” by The Four Seasons.
“That’s very good,” Sheary appeared to respond.
Here’s the clip from NHL on TNT:
Backstrom has been outstanding since his full-time return to the lineup, finding the scoresheet in 10 of 14 games this season with three goals and 10 assists so far. He’s also been bringing energy and positivity to the dressing room.
“His presence huge, right? In locker room, everywhere,” Evgeny Kuznetsov said of his teammate. “He’s great leader for this team.”
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Backstrom’s line with Sheary and Daniel Sprong has been finding quite a bit of chemistry of late, as it has generated three goals and five points in its last three games. Sheary has points in back-to-back games and is on pace for 41 points, which would be high highest total since a 53-point campaign back in 2016-17. Sprong, meanwhile, has points in two of his last three.
“I think we are just finding some chemistry,” Sheary explained. “With Backy being in the middle, he obviously brings a lot of poise, a lot of playmaking, a lot of plays. With Spronger, we use our speed as much as we can, and the three of us just have gelled the last few games and have been able to score a couple goals… when you get to play with the same line for a few games, you get to get a little chemistry. Know where guys are and stuff like that.”
Despite a furious rally from Washington on Wednesday, a late shorthanded goal and empty-netter, as well as a brutal start and lack of success on the power play, led to a 5-3 loss to the Oilers.