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Sweat dripped from Nicklas Backstrom's hair just minutes after he stepped off the ice following some tiring battle drills with Washington Capitals teammate Jay Beagle. It was another step in Backstrom's preparation to return to game action after missing almost three months with a concussion.
Washington Capitals players tapped their sticks on the ice as fans cheered when Nicklas Backstrom stepped onto the ice Saturday for his first practice with the team in more than two months. A concussion has sidelined him since early January, and it was clear at that moment and many others that the Caps miss him. Badly.
Nicklas Backstrom keeps taking steps in the right direction in his recovery from a concussion, and now it seems like his return to the Washington Capitals' lineup could be coming closer than many expected.
Karl Alzner didn't officially know the deal with Nicklas Backstrom on Saturday morning, but he saw the Washington Capitals star center getting dressed to go on the ice for practice. So did others.
Nicklas Backstrom doesn't love talking to reporters in big groups. He has a reputation for being quiet. But the 24-year-old didn't seem to mind the cameras Thursday.
It was hard to wipe the smile off Nicklas Backstrom's face Thursday. But that shouldn't be all that surprising considering the Washington Capitals star skated three days in a row, a significant step forward in his recovery from a concussion that has sidelined him since early January.
The Washington Capitals' power play has been a popular punching bag for the past couple of months, and deservedly so.
Nicklas Backstrom is the biggest missing piece for the Washington Capitals. Their chances of making the playoffs have eroded as the offense that runs through the center has hit a dam in his absence.
Bad penalties and plenty of time spent killing them are bad enough for any hockey team. The Washington Capitals have dealt with their spells of discipline problems this season, but lately the situation has been worse.