Backstrom skates today, if only briefly

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CSNWashington.com’s Chuck Gormley reports that Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom took a quick five-minute skate today. No word yet on how he felt on the ice.

Backstrom has been out with a concussion since getting elbowed in the head by Rene Bourque on Jan. 3.

Gormley speculates that Backstrom could be back a few games after the All-Star break, but nobody can say for sure. Washington is 4-4-1 since losing its leading scorer and hasn’t scored more than four goals in a game once.

The Caps sit eighth in the Eastern Conference, just two points ahead of ninth-place Toronto.  Tuesday they host Boston at the Verizon Center, where they could also be without Alex Ovechkin, pending a disciplinarian hearing with the NHL.