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No concussion for Backstrom: “We can all be calm”

Jan 11, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

Nicklas Backstrom AP

Feel free to relax, Capitals fans — Nicklas Backstrom doesn’t have a concussion and expects to be in Washington’s lineup when the season starts.

Backstrom confirmed he visited a concussion specialist this week, but it turns out it was “more the neck, a stiff neck.”

The 25-year-old suffered the neck injury (if you can call a stiff neck an injury) when he was checked into the boards on Dec. 26 in a KHL game.

“I feel good, a hundred percent,” Backstrom said Friday, as per CSNWashington.com. “I know there’s a lot of speculation about what’s going on but it’s something I wanted to check out. It’s no concussion. We can all be calm.”

Backstrom missed 40 games with a concussion last season, thus all the speculation.

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