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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 04/21/2012

Nicklas Backstrom apologizes to teammates, back in the fold for Game 5

**Programming note: For those who might have missed it, Game 6 on Sunday at Verizon Center will start at 3 p.m. It will air on NBC and CBC.

Fans show support for suspended center Backstrom. (Getty)
Nicklas Backstrom will be back in the Capitals’ lineup this afternoon for Game 5 at TD Garden after serving his one-game suspension for cross checking Bruins forward Rich Peverley in the face.

Washington is glad to have its top center back and Backstrom is ready to move past talk of the suspension, which he described as “stupid on my part” earlier in the week.

“I apologized in front of everybody, so I’m just looking forward,” Backstrom said. “Life goes on. It’s a new game Saturday and you can’t really do anything else.”

Backstrom’s addition makes the Capitals a more well-rounded group overall, an asset that can’t be overlooked heading into another key contest against Boston.

“When you add a top forward in the National Hockey League back to your lineup it helps on your penalty kill, power play and even strength,” Coach Dale Hunter said. “We know Nicky is a special player, we missed him all year, but when we get him back in he’s a big boost for us.”

In Friday’s practice, Backstrom skated on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich. It’s possible that might be the combination Hunter uses in Game 5.

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