Posted March 31, 2012 on AP on Fox

UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 24: Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals skates against the New York Islanders on October 24, 2009 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Capitals won the game 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/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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