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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Practice: Mar. 15

The Washington Capitals were on ice Thursday for a practice as they prepare to take on the Jets Friday night in Winnipeg.  Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:

Nicklas Backstrom skated for the third consecutive day, starting his session around 9:15 AM and skating for around 30 minutes.  After his skate, he spoke with the media and was in great spirits, speaking of how he feels much better and is improving.  He noted, however, that he will not rush back, though the temptation is immense.
The lines were Ovechkin-Laich-Johansson, Chimera-Perreault-Semin, Hendricks-Beagle-Brouwer, and Knuble-Aucoin-Halpern-Ward.  However, early in the skate, Ovechkin collided with Mike Knuble during a drill and was down on the ice for about two minutes.  The Caps' captain then moved to the bench and, eventually, the locker room, on his own power.  After practice, Dale Hunter told the media that Ovechkin simply had the wind knocked out of him, is "fine," and will go on the trip.

That's all for now.

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Information from Sky Kerstein was used in this post.

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