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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Capitals forward TJ Oshie is a game-time decision for tonight’s matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers, and it may be due to an awkward hit he absorbed during the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.

In the final minute of the second period of Sunday’s game, Oshie attempted to carry the puck into the offensive zone. While Ryan Murray and Matt Calvert tried to force a turnover, Brandon Dubinsky hit Oshie awkwardly along his side and back.

Oshie waved to the bench for a shift change and then went back to the locker room.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov High-Sticked in Face, Leaves Game With Injury

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The Capitals leading scorer, Evgeny Kuznetsov, was injured in the third period and it was, in a word, horrifying.

After the Minnesota Wild scored a power play goal on a power play that should not have been a power play, Evgeny Kuznetsov and the gang took to center ice for the face off. Kuzy fought for possession of the puck with the Wild’s Mikael Granlund but inevitably lost when he was struck in the face with the butt-end of Granlund’s stick. Kuzy fell to the ground and clutched his nose and mouth in pain.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will miss this year’s All-Star Game and the Caps’ February 2 game against Florida to rest a nagging lower-body injury. Ovechkin was voted by fans to be the captain of the Metropolitan Division All Stars. Hockey Night In Canada’s Elliotte Friedman was the first to report the news.

After Wednesday’s game, Caps head coach Barry Trotz said the injury has been bothering Ovechkin since mid-November. “If we wanna accomplish what we wanna accomplish we can’t do it without Alex Ovechkin, and that’s the bigger picture,” Trotz said according to Julian Coltre.

Meanwhile Ovechkin was apologetic he could not attend.

“I want to thank the fans for voting me and tell them sorry, but right now our focus to getting ready for the rest of the year,” Ovechkin said, according to NHL.com’s Katie Brown. “It’s hard, because I like to show up, I like the show and do some show, but it sucks.”

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