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Capitals' Backstrom sustains upper-body injury

by Adam Vingan

WASHINGTON -- Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom sustained an upper-body injury against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, forcing him out of the game early in the second period.

At 5:03 of the second, Backstrom absorbed a heavy check from Kings defenseman Drew Doughty near the Washington bench with his left shoulder and took the brunt of the collision. Backstrom's shift ended four seconds later and he did not return.

Washington lost 5-4 in a shootout.

After the game, Capitals coach Adam Oates said that Backstrom was removed from the game as a precautionary measure. Washington does not play again until Saturday against the Boston Bruins.

The 26-year-old is one of Washington's offensive catalysts; he has 13 goals and 70 points in 73 games this season.

Without Backstrom, the Capitals blew a 3-1 third-period lead and ended up losing in the shootout. Oates, however, did not use that as an excuse.

"Obviously you miss [Backstrom], but every team has guys that go out," Oates said. "You've got 19 other guys that have got to do the job. We have plenty of guys who can do the job."

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