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Carolina captain Justin Williams helped turn the Capitals into Stanley Cup champions

Carolina captain Justin Williams helped turn the Capitals into Stanley Cup champions

When Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom had his day with the Stanley Cup in Sweden in early August, he started counting.

One, two, three ...

Carolina captain Justin Williams ' name is etched onto the Cup in three places and Backstrom made it a point to find each one — once from the Hurricanes ' lone 2006 Cup title and twice, in 2012 and 2014, from his time with the Los Angeles Kings .

Backstrom took a picture of each and texted it to Williams. It was a simple gesture, one that implied: I see you and your accomplishments. Now, my name is finally on it, too.

"Obviously when he was here, I mean, we loved him," Backstrom said.

Williams, 37,...

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