In the third period, Caps forward Daniel Winnik blocked a shot with the side of his head.
Winnik writhed in pain on the ice before going down to the locker room. He returned several minutes later and we all assumed he was okay.
He was not. According to Barry Trotz, Winnik lost a part of his ear.
On Thursday, former Capital Wojtek Wolski suffered a serious injury in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.
Wolski, who has five goals in 19 games for Metallurg Magnitogorsk, had to be stretchered off the ice after diving for a loose puck. Wolski collided with Barys’ Vladimir Markelov and crashed headfirst into the boards. Wolski laid on the ice motionless.
Metallurg had an update on Wolski’s condition Friday and it’s not good.
9:20pm Update: According to Mike Vogel, Chorney went through the concussion protocol and was cleared to return. He was back on the bench for the third period.
Original story: Defenseman Taylor Chorney was forced to leave the Caps’ preseason game in Carolina during the second period after absorbing a rough run behind the net from Hurricanes forward Phillip Di Giuseppe.
In the second period, Wilson received some return fire of his own. The Caps alternate captain for the night took a shoulderto the jaw and head from Hurricanes’ center Jordan Staal.
This morning, Igor Eronko, a Sport-Express hockey writer in Russia, relayed information from Alexei Shevchenko, a prominent Russian sports journalist, that said Alex Ovechkin had a lower body injury that may force him out of the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Shevchenko claims that Ovechkin suffered the injury in an “out of profile” sporting activity not related to hockey, and that the “treatment of the injury could take at least three weeks”.
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) August 9, 2016
For any Caps fans that were up at 3 in the morning (me), this was not a fun tweet to see pop up on your feed.
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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