Washington, DC – Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom played for the first time in over three months on Saturday against Montreal.
The 24-year-old Swede hadn't played since January 3, when he was the recipient of an elbow to the head from then-Calgary Flames forward Rene Bourque. Bourque served a five-game suspension for the hit and has since been dealt to Montreal.
Prior to the setback, the 24-year-old Swede totaled 13 goals and 42 points in 38 contests.
He was minus-one in close to 20 minutes of ice time in Saturday's contest against the Canadiens.