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Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom make 900th game together memorable

The Capitals stars combine for three goals and three assists in a win against the Devils.
Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) celebrates his goal with Michal Kempny (6), Alex Ovechkin (8) and Nicklas Backstrom (19) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) celebrates his goal with Michal Kempny (6), Alex Ovechkin (8) and Nicklas Backstrom (19) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) [ BILL KOSTROUN | AP ]
Published Dec. 21, 2019

NEWARK, N,J. — Nicklas Backstom and Alex Ovechkin delivered for the Capitals once again.

Just like they had so many times before.

Backstrom had two goals and two assists, and Ovechkin added his 22nd goal and an assist, leading the Capitals to a 6-3 win over the Devils on Friday night.

John Carlson also had a goal and an assist as the Capitals rebounded from Monday’s 3-0 loss at Columbus, improving to 16-3-1 on the road. Jonas Siegenthaler and Richard Panik also scored, and rookie Ilya Samsonov made 24 saves.

“I think we’re never satisfied losing games,” Backstrom said. “So it’s always good that we bounce back right away and get points because I feel like this is what it’s all about. I mean, getting points before the playoffs start. So I mean, I think we’ve been we’ve been good like that all season. So hopefully we just continue that.’’

Washington leads the NHL with a 26-6-5 record. It is the only team in the league not to lose consecutive games in regulation this season. It faces the Lightning on Saturday night in Washington.

Backstrom moved to 900 career points in his 900th game with Ovechkin with Washington. He was selected by the Capitals in the first round of the 2006 draft, joining Ovechkin, who was the first overall pick two years earlier.

“It’s fun being part of this organization for this long and, and I mean, for playing with such a great player like Alex,” Backstrom said.