The Caps-Blues game started off nice enough. The good guys drew a penalty late in the first period when Derek Roy slashed Alex Ovechkin. The Caps power play had a couple of looks, but everything went wrong after that.
It ended with Troy Brouwer and Marcus Johansson lying on the ice in pain, the second white-on-white collision in as many weeks.
St Louis’s Barret Jackman hit Brouwer hard into the boards. Brouwer laid on the ice in pain while play continued. No whistle.
Finally, Brouwer skated towards the bench, only to ram into Marcus Johansson, who was racing into the play without paying much attention to his surroundings.
The Caps team trainer came to the aid of Brouwer and Johansson, helping them off the ice.
Brouwer and Johansson did not take a shift in the final 157 seconds of the period.
Update: Brouwer returned to action in the second period.