Washington goalie Michal Neuvirth apparently got hit in the face with a stick during the early portion of pratice this morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, forcing him from the ice and to the locker room for further assessment.
Neuvirth appeared more than a little annoyed as he took off his uniform and trudged back to the players-only area with trainers. That left Semyon Varlamov as the only goalie, prompting Coach Bruce Boudreau to ask team videographer Brett Leonhardt to put on equipment in order to fill in.
"He was bleeding," Boudreau said of Neuvirth. "I think the stick got inside the mask somehow."
Neuvirth, 22, has not played since Dec. 23 in a 3-2 shootout loss to Pittsburgh. The Capitals next play Tampa Bay tomorrow night at Verizon Center in a matchup of Southeast Division leaders.
In a bit good news on the goaltending front, Varlamov was named first star of the week following a stretch where he has won three in a row, including 3-1 over Pittsburgh in Saturday night's Winter Classic.
"That' great. I think it's about time one of our players got recognized, so that was good," Boudreau said.