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Nicklas Backstrom has spent the past five seasons as the set-up man for Alexander Ovechkin. He has scored at a point-per-game pace during his NHL career, topped the 100 point mark in 2009-10 and is widely considered as one of the top centres in the world.

For all that, he’s not even the biggest hockey name in his hometown of Gavle, Sweden, population 71,000.

In the big picture of Monday’s 4-0 victory, Jakob Silfverberg’s first NHL goal wasn’t vital to the team’s victory – it was the fourth and final goal with 1:04 remaining – but it definitely took some pressure off the rookie Swede. He passed off the credit to Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek for their work on the boards, setting him up.