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Forward 'feeling better,' expects to play

Updated: April 14, 2010, 6:53 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom returned to the ice after missing Tuesday's workout because of an illness and expects to be in their opening game of the playoffs Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens.

"I'm feeling better. Feel better than yesterday and I was able to practice. Felt OK," Backstrom told reporters after Wednesday's workout. "[Tuesday], I was sick, I was laying down in bed all day. I'm getting ready for [Wednesday]. I don't want ...

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