A month and three days ago, the Washington Capitals lost one of their best players when Mikhail Grabovski injured his ankle after being taken down from behind by New Jersey Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador.

It was a long rehab for Grabo. After missing 8 games, the Belarusian center returned in the Caps’ first game back after the Olympics. His first shift was basically a disaster.

After forechecking in the Florida Panthers zone, Grabo lost the puck to a back-checking Nick Bjugstad. The six-foot, six-inch forward fell on top of Grabo. Like right on that same bad ankle.

GIF by Hana Imiolczyk

Grabo gingerly skated off the ice and looked in pain on the bench. He returned for his next shift, but then went to the locker room shortly thereafter.

The Capitals announced near the end of the period that he was questionable to return:

So… not the best start.

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  • mikhail

    that was fun while it lasted

  • Chris Cerullo

    Here comes the continuous parade of random guys from Hershey

  • Big Chuck

    This is why we can’t have nice things : (

  • VeggieTart

    Bring back Wellman. He did a pretty good job for us when he was here last.

  • KEWL!

  • Chris Cerullo

    I could see that. Mojo may also slide over to center and we’ll just keep Deschamps up.

  • maddyjl

    Does anyone else think Bjugstad had a little bit more purpose in that fall than he should have?

  • Clint Petty

    Nailed it. Exact lines at practice today.

  • Chris Cerullo

    I foresee the future