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Backstrom, Capitals excited to defend Stanley Cup

Backstrom, Capitals excited to defend Stanley Cup
Published On: Tue, Jul 10
May 2, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19) stretches on the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins in game three of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Nicklas Backstrom waited 11 seasons to win the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals.

Now the 30-year-old center is motivated to make sure the Capitals aren't one and done.

"It's a challenge for us. But we want to accept it," Backstrom told the Capitals website Monday when asked about the possibility of repeating as NHL champions. "We want to enjoy this for a couple of more weeks. And then we know it's next season coming.

"We want to do it again because this was too much fun. I think a€¦ you just have to look back at the parade, I think that's enough motivation. Or it should be."

The Capitals never advanced past the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Backstrom's first 10 NHL seasons. After winning the Presidents' Trophy for best record in the NHL in 2015-16 and 2016-17, Washington lost in the Eastern Conference Second Round to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who went on to win the Cup each season.

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