I posted this in DC Sports news also, but I'm not sure how many people go over there (not like this forum is overrun, lol):

Some good D.C. sports news!

Nicklas Backstrom tends to be overshadowed by Alex Ovechkin and some of the bigger names on the Washington Capitals. But as he showed during Ovechkin's absence last week, he can do plenty of damage on his own.

Backstrom, not Ovechkin, now is the Capitals' leading scorer after a week in which he totaled 4 goals and 5 assists in three games. That includes a 5-point night (1 goal, 4 assists) in Washington's 8-2 demolition of Philadelphia Saturday.

His strong work earned him NHL First Star of the Week honors.

The Swedish center is tied for fourth in the NHL with 25 assists, and he's on pace for a career-best 93 points -- even though Ovechkin, his linemate, has missed eight of Washington's first 29 games. The Caps have lost just one of those games, showing Backstrom is more than just the guy who gets Ovi the puck.

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