Update: Backstrom left the ice after 35 minutes, up 15 minutes from Tuesday's session. 

Toward the end of the skate, Backstrom took one-timers (at about half-effort). He also did a drill that required him to start and stop, snag a puck, curl and snap it on net.

As his workout wrapped up, Dennis Wideman and many other Caps began coming on the ice for the team practice. Wideman gave Backstrom a stick-tap and yelled, “Hey, Nicky!”

— The full story on Backstrom’s recovery and Ovechkin’s collision at practice can be found here.

Original post: As expected, Caps center Nicklas Backstrom is skating lightly at KCI this morning. It’s his third consecutive day of skating in full pads, stickhandling and firing wrist shots at the net.

But there’s a difference today: He’s been joined on the ice by strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish and is taking medium-effort laps of the rink with and without the puck. Nemish, meanwhile, is timing Backstrom’s recovery between intervals.

Backstrom has been sidelined since Jan. 7 because of a concussion.

It’s still way too early to speculate about a return date for the 24-year-old Swede. But it’s clear that he feels well enough to begin ramping up his workouts, which is a very good sign for the Caps.

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