Alex Ovechkin's Defense of Nicklas Backstrom 'shows Team Toughness'

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Alex Ovechkin's Defense of Nicklas Backstrom 'shows Team Toughness'

It’s not unusual for a team to defend its star players against any grievance, real or perceived. But the way the Capitals handled a questionable hit by Toronto forward Jay McClement on Nicklas Backstrom Tuesday night sent a message that not only are they rolling on an eight-game winning streak, but they will respond as a unified front against any slight.

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