Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/29/09 at 05:21 PM ET
from Chris Nichols of Sportsnet,
We’re only into Backstrom’s third NHL campaign and he’s already established himself as one of the best passers in the league, but his overall game has been rounding into form for awhile now. Offensively, we’ve Alex Ovechkin’s pivot fire home 11 goals in his past 13 outings.
Coach Bruce Boudreau attributes Backstrom’s uptick to being less “cute” in scoring areas.
“He’s shooting the puck,” Boudreau noted to The Post. “That’s a [sign] of maturation. He’s not trying to be cute. He’s getting older. When he’s close to the net, he’s starting to like to score goals. It’s a good thing to want to dish, but he’s enjoying scoring goals and he’s pretty good at it.”
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