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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)

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Center Nicklas Backstrom gave the Washington Capitals new life by scoring in double overtime of Game 2 on Saturday. (Associated Press)

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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom celebrates his game-winning goal against the Boston Bruins during the second overtime of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Boston on Saturday, April 14, 2012. The Capitals won 2-1, tying the series at 1-1. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom's best postseason showing came during the 2008-09 season, when he scored three goals and collected 12 assists in 14 games. (Associated Press)

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Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (left) is rounding back into form after suffering a concussion. He'll be counted on to spark Washington's offense in the playoffs. (Associated Press)

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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom returned to the lineup after a 40-game absence, playing 19:38 with a minus-1 rating. His biggest effect was the energy boost surrounding his return as the Capitals defeated the Canadiens 3-2 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Center Nicklas Backstrom is tied for fourth on the team in scoring with 42 points despite missing half of the Capitals' 76 games. He was on track for an All-Star season when he suffered a concussion Jan. 3. (Associated Press)

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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom is fifth on the team in scoring with 42 points despite missing 40 games. He was on track for an All-Star season when he suffered a concussion Jan. 3. (Associated Press)

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Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom skates Thursday at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington. Backstrom has skated three days in a row, a significant step forward as he recovers from a concussion that has kept him out of action since early January. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19) chats with reporters in the locker room after spending 35 minutes on the ice before a morning team practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va., March 15, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Center Nicklas Backstrom still leads the Capitals in scoring with 42 points despite missing 15 games. (Associated Press)