Andre Burakovsky is on the mend, and he may actually get back in a game this weekend.
The Swedish forward returned to Capitals practice Wednesday – the team’s first skate since defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round. Burakovsky wore a blue non-contact jersey but afterwards told Tarik El-Bashir that “I feel really good.”
Head coach Barry Trotz proceeded to upgrade Burakovsky’s status from week-to-week to day-to-day. Burakovsky will travel with the team to Tampa Bay for Games One and Two.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) May 9, 2018
During practice, Burakovsky stick-handled and shot pucks. That’s a very positive development because Burra was unable to do so five days ago when he first returned to the ice.
— Tarik El-Bashir⌨🎙🏒 (@TarikNBCS) May 9, 2018
On NBC Sports Washington’s coverage of practice, El-Bashir termed Burakovsky’s chances of playing in Tampa as “pretty good.”
In mid-April, it was determined that Burakovsky needed a minor surgery to repair his injury.
Cap coach Barry Trotz said Andre Burakovsky (upper body) is out for remainder of series vs. Columbus and needs minor surgery.
Said it’s possible Burakovsky returns later in playoffs should Caps advance.
— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) April 20, 2018
Since then, Burakovsky’s biggest contribution to the team has been that of a cheerleader. The forward has shown his support from the stands uploading Instagram Story videos before games.
So while one Swedish forward’s prognosis is uncertain, another’s is rapidly improving.
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