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Monday, January 23, 2012
Practice: Jan. 23
Nicklas Backstrom skated for the first time since his injury, though he was only on the ice for five minutes and was not wearing any equipment. Backstrom merely stickhandled, not doing anything strenuous. It's a start, but Nick is still obviously a long way off. He did not speak with reporters but Dale Hunter confirmed he would stay in Washington over the All-Star break.
Marcus Johansson returned to the practice ice after missing Sunday's game with the Penguins because of an illness. Mathieu Perreault, however, remained on the top line, practicing with Alexander Semin and Johansson so he can take over in the likely instance that Alex Ovechkin gets suspended for DC's game against Boston.
The other lines were as follows: Hendricks-Laich-Brouwer, Chimera-Halpern-Knuble, and Beagle-Eakin-Ward. Eeesh.
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