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Caps Today, 2/8/18

February 8, 2018
Nicklas Backstrom scored the game-winning goal with under a minute left to play against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Feb. 6. That marked Backstrom’s 12 th goal of the season and his 200 th-career NHL/Capitals goal. With that goal, Backstrom became the fifth player in franchise history to record 200 career goals (Alex Ovechkin: 590; Peter Bondra: 472; Mike Gartner: 397; Mike Ridley: 218). Backstrom is one of five players selected in the 2006 draft to record 200 career goals, and his 769 career points (200g, 569a) rank first among the 2006 draft class, leading Phil Kessel by 55 points, who ranks second in the 2006 draft class. Since entering the NHL in the 2007 season, Backstrom’s 569 assists rank third (Henrik Sedin: 585; Joe Thornton: 581) in the NHL.

Tomorrow, the Capitals will host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Capital One Arena. This season, Washington is 6-2-1 on Friday nights. The Capitals have earned a point in 11 of their last 12 games against the Blue Jackets (9-1-2) and in 20 of their last 24 games against Columbus (16-4-4).

Media Advisory

In conjunction with the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates and Etihad Airways, the Washington Capitals will host Fatima Al Ali and the United Arab Emirates Women’s National Hockey Team in Washington, D.C., from Wednesday, Feb. 7 to Monday, Feb. 12. The team will attend the Capitals’ Thursday, Feb. 8 and Friday, Feb. 9 practices. On Feb. 8 the team will join select Capitals players on ice at the conclusion of the Capitals’ practice. On Feb. 9, the UAE team will participate in a scrimmage with the Washington Pride at Capital One Arena. The game will be streamed on Monumental Sports Network. Prior to the Capitals Feb. 9 game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets, the entire team will participate in a ceremonial puck drop as part of the Capitals’ Hockey Is for Everyone Month Women’s Theme Night. When the Capitals host the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Caps will welcome the entire team to the ice for a ceremonial puck drop as part of the Capitals’ Hockey Is for Everyone Month women’s theme night. Media interested in covering the event may contact Megan Eichenberg ( 


Tuesday, 8:15 a.m.: Brooks Orpik, Elliot in the Morning, DC101.

Thursday, 3:30 p.m.: John Carlson, Chad Dukes vs. The World, 106.7 The Fan.

This Day in Capitals History

Feb.8, 1984: The Capitals beat the Flames 6-1 at Capital Centre to establish a new team record with their sixth consecutive win. Six different Capitals scored in the win over Calgary, including Craig Laughlin who picked up the game-winning goal. The 1983-84 Capitals went to win 10-straight games, a streak the remained the longest in team history until the 2009-10 Capitals won 14 consecutive games.  Additional info on the Caps history and behind-the-scenes stories can be found in '100 Things Capitals Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die'

Must Read/See/Hear Material

Dump ‘n Chase: Caps Nip Jackets in Nick of Time / POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 3, Jackets 2

Washington Post: Signature style: Young NHL players aim to develop awesome autographs (Washington Capitals mentioned) / Chandler Stephenson is making a play for a permanent spot in the Capitals’ shifting lineup / Nicklas Backstrom bails out Capitals with late game-winner at Columbus / Capitals’ latest lineup changes could lead to a few key reunions against the Blue Jackets

Washington Times: After 28-game goal drought, Stephenson heating up

NBC Sports Washington: Caps prospect watch: Barber's scoring, but the Bears are not Backstrom, Capitals defeat Blue Jackets with late goal

AP: Backstrom's late goal lifts Capitals over Blue Jackets, 3-2

CBS DC: Caps’ Jay Beagle: Restricting Children From Checking ‘Stupid’

Columbus Dispatch: Capitals 3, Blue Jackets 2 | Jackets lose on goal in final minute

WNST: Holtby Mutes The Cannon In A Caps 3-2 Victory

TV/Audio Clips:

Washington Capitals: Snapshots | February 7 / Caps Postgame Locker Room | 2/6 / Barry Trotz Postgame | February 6