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Thursday, January 5, 2012
Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom practices

Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom is practicing again, two days after taking an elbow to the head.

Backstrom took part in the Capitals' full workout Thursday before departing with the team for a West Coast road trip. Washington plays at San Jose on Saturday.

Backstrom was elbowed by Rene Bourque in the third period of the Capitals' 3-1 win over Calgary on Tuesday. Bourque has been suspended five games by the NHL for the hit.

Backstrom underwent tests to determine if he suffered a concussion. He said he felt fine after practice, and coach Dale Hunter said the 24-year-old forward is doing better than expected.

Backstrom has a team-high 42 points for the Capitals this season.