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Backstrom said chemistry he and Brouwer developed while playing on a line with Ovechkin last year helped. But he also praised the right wing for not being afraid to shoot and use his size.

“He’s the kind of guy you want on the team and a really good guy,” Backstrom said. “He goes to the net, scores goals, doing all that dirty work.”

Scoring a few times on the power play helped build up Brouwer’s confidence, too. Now his teammates and coach hope the goals keep coming.

“[He’s] doing a lot of little things correctly and the puck’s bounced his way,” Oates said. “And good, good for him. He deserves it.”