Karl-Alzner

During rush hour Wednesday afternoon, the Capitals announced that defenseman Karl Alzner underwent successful surgery to repair a sports hernia. Alzner suffered a torn groin injury in the playoffs, which kept him on the bench for most of the Caps’ season-ending loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Alzner played just two shifts early in the second period before being pulled from Game Six.

The initial injury seemed to have occurred during the first round series against the Flyers but progressively grew worse.

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In a series which has seemingly featured a head shot per game, Evgeni Malkin hit Daniel Winnik, surprise surprise, in the head. The play, which happened mid-way through the second period, occurred while the Caps were on the penalty kill.

Malkin was not penalized.

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Kris Letang’s Headshot on Marcus Johansson

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The first period of Game Three was bad, but worse than the scoreboard was the image of Marcus Johansson collapsed on the ice after suffering a late headshot by Kris Letang.

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Brooks Orpik Checks Olli Maatta in the Head

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Brooks Orpik had missed a few playoff games due to injury, possibly a concussion. Now back on active duty, Orpik put a headshot on Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maata, who has his own history with head injuries.

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Late in the third period, Capitals forward Tom Wilson got checked in the head by Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning. As Wilson turned back to retrieve a Jason Chimera pass in the offensive zone, Manning hit Wilson in the head and shoulder with his left arm.

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Twenty-one-year-old Flyers winger Scott Laughton was badly injured during the first period of Game Four.

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Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik is questionable to return after a hard check along the boards by Philadelphia forward Ryan White.

Orpik was caught in a vulnerable position along the boards. White appears to hit him up high in the back and the head, as well as making contact with the knees. Orpik falls to the ice and is unable to get up.

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He looks like Ovi now.

Brooks Orpik took two penalties in the first period of game, drawing the ire of some fans for his infractions. The Caps killed those penalties ably, and then Orpik redeemed himself in the third by drawing a double minor.

And all it cost him is a tooth.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has gone 30 minutes without a goal, so obviously he’s cranky. In the second, period, Ovi took that crankiness out on Philadelphia forward Sean Couturier.

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Jay Beagle and flying pucks do not go well together. First, he broke his hand when some frozen vulcanized rubber hit him in the hand behind the net, sidelining him for months. Now, in the second to last game of the season, Beagle has been injured again.

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