Nic Dowd is thrilled to be back with Capitals after extended injury absence


The Capitals saw the return of a familiar face this week in center Nic Dowd, who returned to the ice after about a month-long layoff.

"Injury-wise it felt good waking up today and then ready for tomorrow," Dowd said during his weekly appearance with 106.7 The Fan's Grant & Danny, which is presented exclusively by our partners at MainStreet BankCheer Local. Bank Local. Put Our Team in Your Office.

"No worse for the wear there, which is good," Dowd said. "It's always a good time. Getting back in game shape is impossible to do without playing games, which is always the tough spot for players, not practicing a lot at this point in the year. Yeah, it felt good to be back with the fellas. Just trying to get the pop back in my skating. It felt a little slow at times, but like I said, the only way to get back into the groove of things is to kind of chuck yourself in there."

Dowd's been out since mid-January with a lower body injury and returned to the ice Tuesday night against Detroit, seeing 13 minutes of ice time in the 3-1 loss. He was asked what's usually the last thing to come back after such a long injury layoff.

"Yeah, it's just that extra push," Dowd said. "Like you have that extra energy to make plays at the end of shifts or after you're done battling a guy one-on-one, and maybe you get the puck, you break up a play and then you have that energy to get up the ice and play offense. I just think that's the toughest thing for me, is my first shift, I felt really good, and then after that it was challenging until the third period when my legs kind of came back a little bit and I kind of got into the flow of things."

"I think at this point in my career, just playing as long as I have, mentally it's a little bit easier for me to get back in the swing of things compared to when I was a rookie and I was out," he said. "Now I've just done it so often that I kind of know what I can rely on and what makes me a good player and etcetera.

"It's just that extra jump. I was watching my shifts last night from the game and I could just tell there's just certain circumstances where I should have got to pucks that I didn't get to and stuff like that, but that'll come back in the next couple games."

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