Reunited and it feels so good? That song wasn’t playing during Capitals practice Sunday, but it certainly would be fitting with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom skating on a line together for the first time all camp.
Ovechkin and Backstrom were laughing and chatting before practice like two old buddies who hadn’t seen each other in a while. But coach Bruce Boudreau indicated it was a one-day thing, based on Marcus Johansson’s cold.
“Backstrom up there more because Marcus wasn’t scheduled to practice,” Boudreau said. “I didn’t know if he was going to be sick or not. You might see them switch [Monday against Columbus.”
Here are the full lines from Sunday’s practice:
Alex Ovechkin – Nicklas Backstrom – Troy Brouwer
Alexander Semin – Mathieu Perreault – Mike Knuble
Mattias Sjogren – Marcus Johansson – Joel Ward
Brooks Laich – Cody Eakin – Chris Bourque
Matt Hendricks – Jeff Halpern – Jay Beagle
(When Laich left, Ward skated with Eakin and Bourque and Johansson with Semin and Knuble.
Karl Alzner – John Carlson
Jeff Schultz – Mike Green
Roman Hamrlik – Dennis Wideman
Dmitry Orlov – Patrick McNeill
The goalies were the only two left – Tomas Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth.
A team spokesman said Sean Collins and D.J. King were given the day off. Jason Chimera was held out again for precautionary reasons.