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 Kuznetsovsuffered 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.
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.
Colorado’s Jan Hejda tripped Alex Ovechkin near the end of the second period of the Sunday’s Avs-Caps game. Ovechkin went horizontal, his face smeared into the boards. He lied motionless for over a minute while every Caps fan did his or her best not to lose his or her mind.
Nicklas Backstrom was already handsome. Now he’s hockey handsome.
In the second period, as Marcus Johansson passed to Backstrom in the neutral zone, the puck bounced up and hit the talented Swede in the face. Backstrom immediately retreated to the bench, bleeding from the mouth.
That’s when something amazing happened.
According to RMNB reader @Caribosa (who’s at Saddledome sitting by the bench tonight), Backstrom reached into his own mouth, a la Eric Belanger, and ripped that broken tooth out and gave it to the trainer.
In the first period of the Kraft Hockeyville game between the Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets, Alex Ovechkinabsorbed a brutal high stick. After the game, he showed off the damage on Twitter. His left eye appears swollen and cut. His nose is bruised. His left cheek is swollen. And he has a cut above and on his swelling lip. Yuck.
A few minutes into the first period of the Kraft Hockeyville game in Belleville, Ontario, Washington Capitals fans saw something they did not want to see: reigning MVP Alex Ovechkin crumpled on the ice in pain.
Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot caught Ovechkin in the face with a high stick as the Capitals captain skated through the neutral zone. The blade of Chiarot’s stick then got caught under Ovechkin’s shield and fell with Ovechkin to the ice. Ovi immediately skated off the ice bleeding from his nose and lip. Chiarot was given a double minor for high-sticking.
The start of the 2013-14 season has not gone very well for Evgeny Kuznetsov. In his first game, against the defending Gagarin Cup champions Dynamo Moscow, he put up a minus-4, garnering special recognition from Traktor’s head coach during the post-game press conference.
But Kuznetsov’s second game turned out to be even more of a disaster. He went hard into the boards just 30 seconds into the game and did not return. Shortly afterwards, Kuznetsov paid a visit to his favorite shoulder specialist, Dr. Emlich in Munich. Kuzya’s left shoulder joint (the same one Dr Emlich fixed a couple of years ago) was found to have sustained a tear in the capsule, and after additional tests today, Kuznetsov underwent a successful surgery.