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Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom returns

Updated: April 1, 2012, 10:10 PM ET
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Nicklas Backstrom is back for the Washington Capitals.

The top-line center returned to the lineup Saturday night in a 3-2 shootout win over the Montreal Canadiens, his first game since suffering a concussion nearly three months ago.

Backstrom took the opening faceoff and played 19 minutes, 40 seconds but was held without a point and had a minus-1 rating.

"I've got to play the same way that I usually play," Backstrom said. "I can't be worried about getting hit again, and ...

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