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Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 01/05/2012

Nicklas Backstrom taking part in Capitals’ practice

Two days after he absorbed an elbow to his jaw, Nicklas Backstrom is on the ice at KCI taking part in the Capitals’ practice before the team travels to California Thursday afternoon.

Backstrom, who was elbowed by Calgary’s Rene Bourque on Tuesday, is wearing a gray jersey and participating fully in the workout. The 24-year-old Swede is joking with his teammates and working his way through drills and skating with power all with no apparent limitation.

The presence of Backstrom, who has a history of migraine headaches, on the ice for practice appears to be a positive sign for the center’s health.

On Wednesday, Backstrom underwent concussion testing but the results were inconclusive according to since-deleted tweets by his brother Kristoffer.

— Alexander Semin, who missed Tuesday’s game with neck pain, is taking part in practice for a second consecutive day. The Russian winger is working through practice as part of a four-man fourth line, though.

Here are the lines Washington’s using in practice:
Ovechkin-Laich-Brouwer
Johansson-Backstrom-Knuble
Chimera-Halpern-Ward
Hendricks-Perreault-Beagle-Semin

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--- Calgary’s Bourque suspended five games for elbow
Capitals react to Bourque’s elbow against Backstrom
Backstrom tested for concussion, results still unclear
Bourque faces disciplinary hearing after elbowing Backstrom
Backstrom elbowed in the head by Calgary’s Bourque

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