Brooks Laich took an awkward hit from Dennis Seidenberg near the end of the second period during Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins, and wasn’t able to get off the ice under his own power. While he came out during the next commercial break to try to skate on the apparently injured left knee, he didn’t seem to get the result that he wanted from testing it, and didn’t play for the rest of the game.
Laich was smiling when asked about it after the game, joking with reporters that he had an elbow injury and trying to convince them that he could walk on it. Considering that it’s Brooks Laich, though, he would probably be acting the same way if his leg were severed at the knee.
“I don’t think it’s anything serious,” said Laich, who walked out of the building on crutches with a knee brace. “In the past I’ve been a fast healer, so we’ll see when I wake up.”
You’re injured, Brooks. We promise. We know this is new for you. In fact, Laich has missed just four games with the Caps since the start of the ’07-’08 season.
“We’re going to see tomorrow,” Dale Hunter said to the Washington Post’s Tarik El-Bashir. “He’s day-to-day right now. Brooksie is one of those guys that tries to do anything for the team.”
We don’t have to tell you how devastating a long-term injury to Laich would be right now, with the Caps struggling to say within sight of playoff position, a pre-existing weakness at center, and other key members of the team already out. Scary stat: since Backstrom’s injury through Saturday, Laich had taken 35% of the team’s 773 faceoffs. We aren’t quite sure who is going to play center for the team now. Coach Hunter? Michael Neuvirth? A random homeless person off the street?
All we can do is hope for the best. Luckily, we’re getting pretty good at that by now.