On his 22nd birthday, Andre Burakovsky got the very worst present of all: a broken hand. After the Burracuda went down to one knee to block a Danny DeKeyser shot from the point, he was struck in the right hand by the puck.
Since then Yung Dre has been sidelined from NHL action. On Saturday while his teammates were in Detroit, Burakovsky appears to have reamined home at his apartment, missing his second-straight game.
The Washington Capitals are not playing for the next six days as they break for their bye week. Forward Andre Burakovsky celebrated this by going out to Top Golf Sunday night.
Burakovsky posted videos from his night out on Instagram, but it’s how he got to his destination that is the talk of social media.
“Obviously it’s a hand injury,” Trotz said. “He’s going to be out until probably mid to the later part of March. No surgery. He’ll have plenty of games to get back.”
When asked if Burakovsky had any broken bones in his hand, Trotz replied, “I’m not a doctor. I’m going to say he has a hand injury.”
Five hours earlier, in an interview with DC101’s Elliot in the Morning, defenseman Brooks Orpik said Burakovsky broke his hand.
Washington Capitals Head Coach Barry Trotz had some bad news regarding Andre Burakovsky’s injured right hand. While speaking to reporters after practice Friday afternoon, Trotz revealed that Burakovsky’s hand injury is significant and will keep him out of action until mid to late March (four to six weeks).
In the first period, Andre Burakovsky blocked a shot with his right hand. Burakovsky returned to the bench, but would be unable to continue in the game. Burakovsky’s hand appeared badly bruised when captured by CSN Mid-Atlantic cameras, and the Swede grimaced in pain when Head Athletic Trainer Greg Smith flexed his hand.
After the game, Barry Trotz updated the media on Burakovsky’s injury and it does not sound good.
“Little Andre is another year older,” Tom Wilson wrote on Twitter. Wilson then posted a mildly embarrassing, but one-hundred percent satisfying photo of his teammate in a leather jacket and white sunglasses.
Tuesday morning, the Capitals announced that then will be hosting a new charity event this month, the Wish Upon a Par golf tournament. Wish Upon a Par will be held on Monday, February 20, at Top Golf in Ashburn, Virginia. Tickets are now on sale and include food, two and a half hours of golfing, a silent auction, and the chance to win various prizes. VIP tickets are also available. All proceeds will go to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation Mid-Atlantic.
Capitals players in attendance will include Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky, John Carlson, Taylor Chorney, Brett Connolly, Philipp Grubauer, Marcus Johansson, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, TJ Oshie, Nate Schmidt, Justin Williams, Tom Wilson, and Daniel Winnik. Alumnus Rod Langway will also be in attendance.
In what Steve Buckhantz called “one of the best regular season games” he’s ever seen, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Washington Wizards 140-135 in overtime, snapping Washington’s 17-game home winning streak.
With three seconds left and the Cavaliers down 120-117, LeBron James caught a three-quarters of the court inbounds pass and nailed a fadeaway three over Bradley Beal, while Caps owner Ted Leonsis looked on. In overtime, Kyrie Irving nailed another three over Beal to seal the win for the defending champions. Capitals’ skaters John Carlson, Brooks Orpik, and Andre Burakovsky were all in attendance during their off day to support the Wizards.
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