Pothier returns to Caps lineup

Updated: March 16, 2009, 10:31 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Washington Capitals defenseman Brian Pothier played his first game in more than 14 months Monday night after recovering from a career-threatening concussion.

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Pothier, an eight-year NHL veteran, was injured when Bruins forward Milan Lucic checked him into the boards on Jan. 3, 2008, in Boston.

Pothier, whose hooking penalty in the first period Monday led to Slava Kozlov's goal and a 2-0 lead for Atlanta, took three shots and blocked a shot in the Thrashers' 5-1 win.

The Capitals, who signed Pothier to a four-year, $10 million contract as a free agent in July 2006, was recalled Sunday from a short stint with AHL Hershey.


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