Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen left Saturday’s season opener favoring his left shoulder after being propelled into the boards by a check from Tampa Bay captain Vincent Lecavalier.
With 11 minutes 40 seconds elapsed in the second period, Lecavalier hit Hillen just below the goal line to the left of the Washington net. Hillen, who is listed at 5-10, 190 pounds, went flying into the end boards with his left shoulder taking the brunt of the impact.
Hillen lay on the ice in pain for a minute or two but was able to skate off without help and went straight to the Capitals dressing room favoring his left shoulder. The team announced that he would not return to the game.
After the game, Coach Adam Oates said Hillen suffered an upper body injury but offered no further update.
Hillen, who signed a one-year deal with the Capitals as a free agent this offseason, saw just 3:29 of ice time and was a minus-1 before the injury.