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Welcome back, Backstrom: Capitals centre returns from concussion in time for playoff run

Saturday, 03.31.2012 / 5:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Welcome back, Backstrom: Capitals centre returns from concussion in time for playoff run

WASHINGTON - Nicklas Backstrom is back for the Washington Capitals.

The top-line centre 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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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres