Capitals' Backstrom recovering from elbow to head

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 04, 2012

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 15: Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals warms up before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Verizon Center on January 15, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
The Washington Capitals will keep a close eye on Nicklas Backstrom for the next few days after the center took an elbow to the head against the Calgary Flames. Coach Dale Hunter said Wednesday that Backstrom ''seems fine, but he's still got to be evaluated.'' Backstrom was elbowed by Rene Bourque in the third period of Tuesday's 3-1 Capitals victory. Bourque received a minor penalty, and Backstrom was able to skate two more shifts before leaving the game for good. The Capitals don't play again until they open a road trip Saturday at San Jose. If Backstrom has a concussion and is out for an extended time, it would be major setback for the Capitals, who have started to play better recently. Backstrom leads the team with 42 points.
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