Nicklas Backstrom: 'We want to do it again'

Chris Lingebach
September 14, 2018 - 5:36 pm

The Capitals officially turned their page on their championship season, beginning anew with the start of training camp at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Friday.

Nicklas Backstrom, the heart and soul of the Capitals for more than a decade, enters the season – his 12th in the NHL – as a Stanley Cup champion for the first time in his career. He sat down with Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier of 106.7 The Fan, and reflected on the past season, what it meant as a player and what it will mean to the Capitals moving forward.

The interview began with Paulsen thanking Backstrom for bringing the Stanley Cup to D.C.

"Well, thank you guys," Backstrom said. "And thank you for the fans who believed in us for all these years. A special moment, for sure. I'm so grateful to share this moment with all of you guys."

Asked when it's time to move on, Backstrom got right to it: "It's time right now, because camp's started. I feel like all the guys in there have turned the page and we're really looking forward to a new season. We've got some fun things coming up, I think, but the most important thing is... I mean, winning it once? I mean, you're always going to know you did it. But you get that winning feeling; you want to do it again.

"That's what motivates all of us. You want to do this again and that's what's going to drive us this year."

Backstrom had to experience failure repeatedly before finally tasting glory, the Capitals knocking at the door nine times, only to be turned away, since Backstrom's rookie season. On the 10th knock, they broke the door down. Backstrom never doubted that it would eventually happen.

"No. I wasn't doubting. I think that was the biggest thing," he said. "A lot of people talked about last year, before last year, that, 'Okay. They're in their rebuild mode. Have to ship some guys out. Got some rookies in there. New players.' But I think that was only good for us."

"I mean, look at our games," he said. "You bring in Vrana, Stephenson – who has a lot of speed, who we really used in the playoffs – that was only good for us. I think one thing, too, that we really were good at in the playoffs is everyone bought into the system, and everyone was playing on their top level, which, you have to in the playoffs. You need everybody, not just one or two guys."

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