2 Capitals join Ovie at All-Star game

WASHINGTON — Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom and goaltender Braden Holtby will join Alex Ovechkin at the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game.

Barry Trotz, head coach of the team, also will participate.

This is the first time the Caps have had three All-Star participants since 1984-85.

In 1984-85, Washington had four players — Bob Carpenter, Mike Gartner, Rod Langway, Scott Stevens — in the NHL All-Star Game in Calgary.

Ovechkin has been in seven All-Star Games since the 2006-07 season.

The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31 in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. NBCSN will broadcast the game.

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