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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)

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Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom hasn't played since taking an elbow to the head from Calgary's Rene Bourque on Jan. 3. (Associated Press)

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The Washington Capitals have opted to take the cautious approach with Nicklas Backstrom after he took an elbow to the head Tuesday, so he'll sit against the San Jose SHarks on Saturda night. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has passed his final baseline test and is now close to returning to the lineup. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Center Nicklas Backstrom (19) is the Capitals' scoring leader with 13 goals and 29 assists while playing in all 38 games. Backstrom suffered a head injury during a 3-1 win over Calgary on Tuesday night. (Associated Press)

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Calgary Flames left wing Curtis Glencross (20) battles for the puck against Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom on Jan. 3, 2012, during the third period of the Capitals' 3-1 victory in Washington. (Associated Press)

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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 celebrates his goal during the first period against the Nashville Predators, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom celebrates his goal during the first period against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, in Washington. The Caps won 4-1. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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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 left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, congratulates teammate Nicklas Backstrom, right, of Sweden, after Backstrom scored on Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)