Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/24/12 at 03:12 PM ET
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
After missing 37 games and nearly three months with a concussion, Nicklas Backstrom took a big step forward in his recovery on Saturday morning.
The Capitals’ star center has been cleared for full participation in practice with no restrictions and Backstrom was on the ice with a dozen teammates for an optional practice at KCI this morning. This session marks the first time he has taken full part in an on-ice workout with his teammates since Jan. 6 in San Jose.
“I’ve been looking forward to this for 2 and 1/2 months,” said a grinning Backstrom after the workout. “I’m kind of happy right now. It’s good to practice with the guys; feels pretty good out there. I haven’t been skating long but it feels alright right now.”
Backstrom has been symptom free since he began skating on March 13 and the center has been on the ice for 10 of the past 11 days.
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