Capitals C Backstrom returns from concussion

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 31, 2012

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 15: Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals skates down the ice against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Verizon Center on January 15, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Nicklas Backstrom is back for the Washington Capitals. The top-line center returned to the lineup Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens, his first game since suffering a concussion nearly three months ago. Backstrom was injured when he was elbowed in the head by Rene Bourque in a win over Calgary on Jan. 4. Even though he missed 40 games, Backstrom came back in fifth place on the team with 42 points. Without him, the four-time defending Southeast Division champions have flirted with missing the playoffs. They were tied for eighth in the Eastern Conference entering Saturday's play. Coach Dale Hunter said he would keep an eye on Backstrom's minutes, but there was no set limit as to how much the 24-year-old forward would play.
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