Backstrom finished with a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating in Sweden's 4-3 overtime loss to Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey on Wednesday.
Backstrom's production helped Sweden erase a 3-1 deficit in this contest, but ultimately wasn't enough as Nathan MacKinnon's goal 4:11 into overtime handed a win to the opposition. The skilled Capitals center will have an opportunity to continue showcasing his talents, as Sweden still advances to the semifinals with a 2-0-1 record despite this minor setback.
The 28-year-old also led the league with 27 power-play assists and was second in man advantage points with 30. A fixture in a deep and talented top six, the Swedish pivot is one of the more reliable playmakers in the league and should be one of the first centers off the board in drafts this fall.
Nicklas Backstrom picked up two assists -- one on the power play -- during Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss in Game 6.
Backstrom did what he could to keep Washington's playoff hopes afloat, but the center's third multi-point outing wasn't enough. The 28-year-old finishes the postseason with two markers and nine apples, which adds up to his second-best total in the playoffs over his career. It easily could have been more, but the Caps were sent packing earlier than expected.
Backstrom one-timed a deft Marcus Johansson feed for the game-winning tally. The Swede had a late start to the 2015-16 campaign following offseason hip surgery, but still managed to play in 75 games -- not including the playoffs -- picking up 20 goals and 50 assists in that span. Backstrom remains an elite forward as the Caps gear up to face the Penguins for the second round of the postseason.
Nicklas Backstrom tallied a pair of assists in Monday's Game 3 win over the Flyers.
Backstrom continues to roll, as he set up the club's first two goals of the game before Washington exploded for four more tallies in the 6-1 rout. He's now up to six points just three games into the series -- four of which have come on the power play -- so keep plugging him into your playoff lineup.