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Backstrom practices with Caps

Mar 26, 2012, 12:28 PM EST

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This morning in Virginia, Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom participated in his first full team practice since suffering a concussion on Jan. 3.

According to CSNWashington.com, Backstrom “skated hard” but didn’t partake in any battle drills, even though he’s been cleared for contact. Presumably he’ll want to take a few pushes and shoves before getting back into game action.

The Caps host the Sabres tomorrow, visit Boston Thursday, and return home to face the Habs Saturday.

There’s still no timetable for Backstrom’s return, and while they won’t force him into the lineup, Buffalo’s resurgence is seriously threatening Washington’s playoff chances. A loss tomorrow and the Caps will fall to 9th in the East. So yeah, they’d like to get him back ASAP.

Update: Backstrom stayed after practice and made Jay Beagle bump him a few times. (Gotta be a better way to say that.)

  1. bergeronforselke - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Caps don’t hit during games so i’m sure Backstrom was able to practice with no issues….probably didn’t even have to wear a red jersey

  2. blastardo - Mar 26, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Great news for the caps. With any luck he’ll be back before the playoffs.

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