Friday night against the Chicago Blackhawks, Marcus Johansson‘s whirlwind season ended sadly when — while standing in front of the Chicago Blackhawks crease — he got hit by a high-rising shot authored by Nicklas Backstrom.
First-year pro Patrick Wey hit Nashville Predators facepuncher extraordinairre Rich Clune along the benches on Sunday night. That was obviously unacceptable per the rules of gentlemanly conduct, so Clune challenged Wey to a fight and then knocked him out.
Everything was going swimmingly for the Washington Capitals. Alex Ovechkin opened up scoring with two straight goals. Going into intermission, the Caps had a two-goal lead.
Then things changed. Mike Richards scored early in the second. Then, a few minutes later, the Capitals’ first-line center and arguably the team’s best player, Nicklas Backstrom, absorbed a rough hip check near the Caps bench, where the boards meet plexiglass, courtesy of Drew Doughty.
Take a look.
In his first season (of, hopefully, many) as a Washington Capital, Mikhail Grabovski has been one of the team’s most dependable players. He scored a hat trick in his first game, leads all forwards in possession, and is second only to Jay Beagle at winning face-offs. So when Grabovski went down with an ankle injury against the New Jersey Devils, the Capitals suffered a big loss.
Grabovski re-injured that same ankle one month later against the Florida Panthers on his first shift back on the ice. Since then Grabovski has not skated and Caps head coach Adam Oates has been noncommittal on when the Belarusian center would return.
On Monday, Tribuna’s Vadim Knyrko caught up with Grabovski and asked him about his injury. Grabovski revealed that he isn’t going to skate for another two weeks, pushing his return — at the earliest — into early April, the very end of the Caps’ season. That’s not good. Grabo also is not pleased with Bryce Salvador.
Fedor Fedin has your translation.
Eric Fehr: Whew.
Midway through the second period of the Washington Capitals game against the Anaheim Ducks, Caps defenseman John Carlson had an oopsy. As Captain America attempted to clear down the ice, he nailed Eric Fehr right in the side of the head with the puck.
Not good. Commence freaking out.
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.
The Washington Capitals stunk in the first period of their road game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but the damage was just one goal against. And then Mike Green went down.
Columbus’ Boone Jenner skated with Mike Green behind the Capitals net. Jenner shoved Green off balance as they crossed the red line and Green crashed awkwardly into the corner boards. That wasn’t so bad, but Jenner came crashing in after him, smearing Green’s head and neck into the glass.
Without their captain Alex Ovechkin on Tuesday, the Washington Capitals were listless against the Ottawa Senators, getting shutout 2-0. It was their sixth straight loss. It looks like things could get a whole lot worse.
In the second period of the Caps’ second straight game without Ovi, Mikhail Grabovski fell awkwardly on his left leg after being taken down from behind by Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador.
In the first period against Donbass Donetsk, Washington Capitals top prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov suffered another injury. This time to his lower body.
Donbass’ center Petteri Wirtanen fired a shorthanded long shot on Michael Garnett while Kuznetsov, who was playing up high on the powerplay, attempted to hit him. Kuznetsov’s teammate Maxim Kondratyev landed the hit on Wirtanen. Wirtanen fell into Kuznetsov’s legs awkwardly, which seemed to cause the injury.
Thanks to @jp_daddi0 for the screenshot
Back on October 26th in Calgary, Alberta, Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom‘s took a puck to the face. Midway through the second period, the Swede was hit in the jaw by an errant pass from Marcus Johansson. Backstrom, bleeding from his lip, returned to the bench. One of our readers caught him ripping one of his teeth out and handing it to the trainer. Yikes.
Playing the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night, Backstrom endured more facial violence. After recording three assists in the game, Nicky spoke to reporters in the locker room. His smile was somewhat less pearly.