Back­strom back at it for Caps

Orlando Sentinel - - SCOREBOARD -

Nick­las Back­strom had a smile on his face and no con­cerns about miss­ing an­other game.

“I’m good to go,” Back­strom said. “It’s like that guy in ‘Mighty Ducks.’ I woke up, no pain.”

Back­strom was re­fer­ring to the fic­tional Adam Banks char­ac­ter who re­turned from a wrist in­jury in time for a cham­pi­onship game. The Cap­i­tals are get­ting the real stand­out Swedish cen­ter back while they’re on a roll.

The Cap­i­tals are ex­pected to have Back­strom back Mon­day when they host the Blue Jack­ets. He missed the last eight games with an undis­closed up­per-body in­jury, and Washington went 6-1-1 in that time.

With Back­strom ready to go, the Cap­i­tals are set to have their full, healthy lineup on the ice for the first time this sea­son.

De­spite in­juries, they lead the NHL with 22 wins and 49 points through 31 games.

“As of right now, we are play­ing good hockey and we are get­ting the points we needed,” Back­strom said Sun­day.

“It is still early in the sea­son, so you have to keep build, build and build. We are a team that is build­ing for up­com­ing things.”

One-timers: Mark Scheifele scored twice, the sec­ond on a power play with 4:22 left for his 400th ca­reer point, to lift the host Jets to a 3-2 win over the Ducks . ... Sergei Bo­brovsky stopped 30 shots to win for the sec­ond straight night as the Pan­thers beat the vis­it­ing Sharks 5-1.

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