Backstrom scored on his team’s second shot of the game - a one-timer on a beautiful pass from Ovechkin at 6:11 of the first. It was Backstrom’s first goal in 13 games.
Eric Fehr pushed the Caps in front late in the opening period. Moved to the top line after Ovechkin’s injury/ejection, Backstrom fed him with a perfect pass on a two-on-one for his seventh of the season.
Fehr had two goals Saturday night in Montreal and now has six goals and 10 points in his past 11 games since returning from a rib injury three weeks ago.
“[Backstrom] made the play to the middle, and I just did the easier part and just tapped it in,” Fehr said. “We had a whole bunch of guys stepping up tonight.”
Backstrom added his second of the night with the lone goal of the middle period. Carolina goaltender Michael Leighton slid way out of position to the right of his net, and Backstrom collected the puck after it was deflected before depositing a spin-o-rama backhanded shot into the empty net at 14:53.
Theodore made several highlight-caliber saves in this contest, including a sliding glove save on Jussi Jokinen in the second period and a glove stab on Eric Staal in the waning moments when the Hurricanes had a six-on-four situation.
“It is a long year and you’ve got to get both [goalies] going,” Theodore said. “I think [Semyon Varlamov] and I have done a good job of when one is not as sharp the other has been there to pick it up.”