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Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 01/04/2010

Backstrom skates, Varlamov suffers minor setback

The Capitals were back at Kettler for their morning practice after a lengthy West Coast trip in which they lost to San Jose and Los Angeles.

The good news for the team was first-line center Nicklas Backstrom participated fully during the first portion of practice. Backstrom missed the final 39 minutes of Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Kings because of a migraine headache, according to Coach Bruce Boudreau.

Backstrom has left several games over his career because of migraines, including once last season against Montreal. He has not missed a game in his NHL career, which began with the Capitals in 2007.

The bad news concerns goalie Semyon Varlamov, who suffered an apparent setback on Sunday while on a conditioning assignment with the Hershey Bears.

Making his first start since a groin injury on Dec. 7, Varlamov stopped 28 of 29 shots in a 4-1 win against the visiting Adirondack Phantoms, and while that ailment did not give him problems, he spent extensive time receiving treatment after the game for another minor injury.

More to come later on both Backstrom and Varlamov.

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