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Nicklas Backstrom notched a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-0 blanking of Chicago.

The playmaking center has 18 goals on the year and he's scored five times in his past seven outings. Backstrom has 79 points in 81 games this season.

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Nicklas Backstrom scored twice in Washington's 4-1 win on Tuesday.

Backstrom is on a three-game point streak. He has 17 goals and 77 points in 79 games this season.

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Nicklas Backstrom doesn't expect to miss any more time after he was forced to leave Tuesday's game early with an upper-body injury.

He was hurt on a hard hit from Los Angeles' Drew Doughty, but he was back on ice the ice for Thursday's practice. Backstrom feels fine to play against Boston on Saturday. "I didn't feel that good after that hit, had a day off and I feel way better today," Backstrom said. "I was able to practice full practice and that's a good thing."

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Nicklas Backstrom didn't left Washington's 5-4 shootout loss against Los Angeles and didn't return.

Backstrom sustained an upper-body injury when he was smashed into the glass by Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty. Capitals coach Adam Oates downplayed the decision to shutdown Backstrom as a "precautionary" move. Consider Backstrom day-to-day for now.

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Nicklas Backstrom recorded two assists in Washington's 3-2 win Tuesday.

Backstrom has recorded at least a point in three straight games and five of his last six contests. He now has 13 goals and 68 points in 70 games this season, making this his most productive campaign since 2009-10.

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The IOC has decided that Nicklas Backstrom, who was barred from playing in the gold medal between Sweden and Canada in the 2014 Winter Olympics, will still receive his silver medal.

Backstrom was punished for having an excess of pseudoephedrine in his system. That was due to the fact that he was taking the allergy medication Zyrtec-D, which the Swedish doctor had told him would be fine. He made no attempt to hide the fact that he was taking the medication (in fact, he declared it on his Doping Control Form) and the IOC ruled that there "no indication of any intent" on the part of Backstrom to use the medication for performance enhancing purposes. During the doctor's hearing, he took responsibility for giving Backstrom advice that led to him being removed from the gold medal game.

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Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal for Washington, but it wasn't enough as the Capitals dropped a 3-2 decision to Pittsburgh Monday.

The power-play goal was the 13th marker of the campaign for the center, who is better known for his playmaking ability. Eric Fehr also found the back of the net for Washington in the loss.

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Nicklas Backstrom is still waiting to find out if he'll get a silver medal for his time with Sweden.

Backstrom wasn't allowed to play in the gold medal game because he tested positive for a banned substance. That sounds worse than it is because the banned substance he took was the allergy medication Zyrtec-D. He's been taking that for around seven years to deal with his allergy problems and the medication was approved by the team doctor. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said that the NHL has no plans on punishing Backstrom so long as the facts are as they understand them and further added that Zyrtec-D is not on the NHL's banned substances list.

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Washington head coach Adam Oates says he feels bad for his top center Nicklas Backstrom who was banished from the Olympics for taking a banned substance.

While the allergy medication was banned by the IOC, it's not by the NHL. "We feel so sorry for him, it's terrible," Oates said. "The circumstances, we don't know all the facts, but he took cold medicine that's allowed. 'I've got a cold or I've got an allergy.' They gave him the medicine, Zyrtec-D, that's OK at the time and then all of a sudden it's not OK. It kind of doesn't make sense to me." We think that Backstrom will not receive a silver medal as he was disqualified from the Games.

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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, a star with Team Sweden, said he was devastated that he was not allowed to play for the gold medal at the Sochi Olympics Sunday because he tested postive for a banned substance.

Canada beat Sweden 3-0 for the gold medal without Backstrom in the lineup. Backstrom was enjoying a first-rate tournament. He had four assists and led the team's centers in ice time before Sunday. He was getting ready for the game with his teammates when he learned he had to attend a hearing two hours before the game was scheduled to start. "I want to say I have absolutely nothing to hide," Backstrom said. "I have allergy problems. I've taken Zyrtec-D for many years. It was a little shocking to me, to be honest with you. . .I feel like I haven't done anything differently than the last seven years and I've been playing internationally for the last seven years and lots of games, and haven't seen this before. . .I've been here for two weeks now and [it is] probably the most fun I've ever had. I mean, great group of guys and I was ready to play probably the biggest game of my career and two-and-a-half hours before the game I got pulled aside. That is sad."