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Braden Holtby, who has been arguably the NHL’s best player this season, took himself out at the 17:42 mark of the second period. A minute after Holtby gave up a second goal to the Rangers’ Chris Kreider at 17:28, he skated over to an official during a break in play asking to visit with Caps’ head athletic trainer Greg Schmidt.

After a 30 second talk, Holtby took himself out of the game and slowly went down to the lockerroom. He did not appear to sustain an injury on a save.

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Capitals second line winger Justin Williams was just lost after taking an Andre Burakovsky shot to the side of the face. (Don’t worry; he’s okay.)

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On Wednesday, Jay Beagle suffered a freak upper body injury against the Buffalo Sabres. Head coach Barry Trotz said after the game Beagle would be out “for an extended period of time.”

This morning, the Caps gave an update on the third-line center’s condition.

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The Washington Capitals managed to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 at First Niagara Center despite missing their entire first defensive pairing in Brooks Orpik and John Carlson. While Orpik been out most of the year with a mystery lower-body injury, Carlson missed his first game in nearly six years after suffering a lower-body injury of his own against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. Carlson played 25:11 that evening. On Monday, he was replaced in the lineup by prospect Connor Carrick.

Carlson, who ended a streak of 412 consecutive games, was just 10 games away from matching Bobby Carpenter’s franchise record of 422.

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Thirty-five-year-old Brooks Orpik, the Capitals second highest-paid defenseman, will be sidelined for “a long time.” This information comes via NBCSN’s Pierre McGuire. Orpik has missed the Capitals’ last 14 games due to a lower body injury, which the team had previously characterized as “nothing serious.” Over that time, the Capitals have shot into first place in the division but also seen their 5v5 possession dip. Orpik had been skating nearly 20 minutes a night with John Carlson.

Orpik was injured against the Detroit Red Wings on November 10, leaving the game early in the second period.

During Wednesday’s rivalry night game between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, the NBCSN crew– Doc Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, and McGuire –began a short conversation about the Capitals, which led to the dropping of the news by McGuire.

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Former Capitals forward Matt Hendricks has only played five games for the Edmonton Oilers this season. That’s because Hendricks suffered a gnarly ankle injury two weeks ago against the Calgary Flames.

Hendricks was hurt doing the normal Wagon things he does: blocking a shot from the point. The puck went off the inside of Hendricks’ right ankle, just above his skate where there’s absolutely no padding.

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Poor Mike Green has been injured again. This time after some apparent bad blood between Detroit and Calgary. 

The former Caps defenseman was hurt after being teed up by Flames center Josh Jooris behind the Wings’ net.

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[Warning: The below highlights might be disturbing to some.]

Caps senior writer Mike Vogel broke the news this morning that 24-year-old Capitals defenseman Patrick Wey will retire to pursue “educational interests” after suffering two concussions in less than a year.

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Tom Wilson has an issue with penalties. He draws a ton and commits a ton. On Tuesday he caught a kneeing penalty in the second period. No worries: the Capitals killed it with ease.

But immediately after leaving the Willy bin, Wilson executed the biggest hit we’ve seen these playoffs.

Poor Lubomir Visnovsky, repeated concussion victim, was skating with his head down and hunched over. Wilson stopped moving his legs but didn’t shy away from the hit.

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Warning: This post could be upsetting for some.

There was a scary moment late in the first period. Caps defenseman Brooks Orpik took an errant John Carlson skate blade to the face after Carlson fell down in the slot. Carlson’s left skate blade appeared to strike Orpik in the right cheek and mouth area. Orpik left the ice under his own power, running straight down the tunnel for the Caps locker room.

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