Towards the end of the first period of the Capitals’ game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, center Nic Dowd had an awkward fall tangled in a group of players and stayed down for an extended period of time afterward.
Dowd was helped off the ice without putting any weight on his right leg and went directly to the Capitals locker room.
Nic Dowd leaves the game after trying to avoid a big hit into the boards. The Caps center was holding his right knee and put no pressure on it as he left the ice. pic.twitter.com/tWiq5XnLl0
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) October 29, 2019
There was a penalty on the play for a hit on Travis Boyd before Dowd entered scrum along the boards and incurred the injury.
TJ Oshie assisted him to the exit.
— b. (@youripides) October 29, 2019
Dowd tried to return for the second period, but could not continue on in the game.
Dowd came out for the second period, tested out that right leg and is headed back to the room. #Caps
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) October 30, 2019
The Capitals announced minutes later that Dowd had a lower-body injury and would be re-evaluated Wednesday.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) October 30, 2019
Earlier in the first period another Capitals’ center had an injury scare. Evgeny Kuznetzov had an awkward collision with the boards but returned to the game with a cut across the bridge of his nose.
Headline photo: TSN
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