t wasn't pretty, but the Capitals came away with a 3-2 shootout win over Montreal on Saturday night and tightened their grip on a playoff spot with two more points combined with Buffalo's loss to Toronto.

You can read more about the overall contest, including the Capitals' displeasure with coughing up a two-goal lead and Michal Neuvirth's night, in my story for the hard-copy edition.

The highlight of the night, however, was Nicklas Backstrom's highly anticipated return to the Washington lineup after missing 40 games with a concussion.