The Capitals lost to one of the worst teams in hockey Saturday night, but I, for one, am just thankful no one got seriously hurt.
Three important Caps players — Tom Wilson, Justin Williams, and Evgeny Kuznetsov — all suffered injuries, only to somehow grit through the pain and finish the game.
Capitals second-line center Evgeny Kuznetsov got nicked up first, colliding knee-on-knee with Max Domi.
The replay of the collision looked scary.
Kuzy laid on the ice in the pain before until getting up and favoring his right knee and thigh.
He made it back to the bench. Somehow he would not miss a shift.
Fourth-line winger Tom Wilson was the next Capital to be felled.
Wilson blocked a shot with the side of his left leg.
He laid on the ice, writhing in the pain.
Wilson would need help walking down the tunnel to the locker room, but he would return later and finish the game.
Finally, Capitals second-line winger Justin Williams absorbed what appeared to be a counter hit from Connor Murphy.
Williams took a shoulder to the side of his head, but somehow Murphy would be the one who couldn’t get up.
The three-time Stanley Cup champion would score minutes later, so I’m going to go ahead and guess he’s fine.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 1, 2017
Hopefully all three players will show no lingering affects. On Sunday, the Capitals will play the Columbus Blue Jackets in a crucial divisional game and they will need all the help they can get.
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