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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, celebrates his goal with teammate Tomas Kundratek (36), of the Czech Republic, during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, celebrates his goal with teammate Tomas Kundratek (36), of the Czech Republic, during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, skates during warmups before an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, (8), Karl Alzner (27) and Nicklas Backstrom (19), left, celebrate a goal by Mike Green (52) during overtime in an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Newark, N.J. The Devils won 3-2 in overtime. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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Washington Capitals center Mathieu Perreault will get his shot at a fair amount of playing time with Nicklas Backstrom sidelined. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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The status of Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, who missed almost half of last season with a concussion, remains uncertain. Alex Ovechkin said Backstrom felt “dizzy” after falling during a Dyanamo Moscow game Dec. 26. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth (30) and Nicklas Backstrom (19) stop Winnipeg Jets forward Chris Thorburn (22) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Winnipeg on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)

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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom was suspended for Game 4 after his cross-check on Boston Bruins cednter Rich Peverley at the conclusion of Game 3. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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The status of Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, who missed almost half of last season with a concussion, remains uncertain. Alex Ovechkin said Backstrom felt “dizzy” after falling during a Dyanamo Moscow game Dec. 26. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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The status of Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, who missed almost half of last season with a concussion, remains uncertain. Alex Ovechkin said Backstrom felt “dizzy” after falling during a Dyanamo Moscow game Dec. 26. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Nicklas Backstrom has decided to sign in Russia, and he'll reunite with teammate Alex Ovechkin on Dynamo Moscow. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom celebrates his goal with teammates Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin during the second period against the Buffalo Sabres, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, in Washington. The Caps won 3-1. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19) high fives with fans before the Washington Capitals take on the New York Rangers in playoff NHL hockey at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 2, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas and Patrice Bergeron fight for position against Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom during the first period of Game 3 of the first-round playoff series Monday, April 16, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom was suspended for Game 4 after his cross-check on Boston Bruins cednter Rich Peverley at the conclusion of Game 3. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom was ordered to sit out Thursday night as a result of a cross-check at the end of Game 3. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom was suspended for Game 4 after his cross-check on Boston Bruins cednter Rich Peverley at the conclusion of Game 3. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Nicklas Backstrom has decided to sign in Russia, and he'll reunite with teammate Alex Ovechkin on Dynamo Moscow. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas and Patrice Bergeron fight for position against Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom during the first period of Game 3 of the first-round playoff series Monday, April 16, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), taking Bruins defenseman Greg Zanon into the boards in Game 3, drew a match penalty for a cross-check on center Rich Peverley. The NHL is expected to issue a ruling on the play Wednesday. (Associated Press)