The Washington Capitals summoned defenseman Jean Lemieux from Springfield today to fill the hole created when Rich Green broke his right hand.
The move will enable Washington to maintain a six-man defensive corps in Saturday night's game against the Montreal Canadiens.
In other moves today the Capitals farmed left wing Mike Marson and defenseman Pete Scamurra to Springfield of the American Hockey League. Marson had only one assist in 11 games, while Scamurra has been sidelined with an injured leg.
Green, who was hurt in practice Thursday when Gord Smith checked him, will be out at least six weeks because of the broken bone, which makes it impossible for him to grip a stick.
Lemieux was a regular last year, but he's remained with the American Hockey League team this season except for a four-game emergency stint in late November when Yvon Labre dislocated a shoulder.
In 41 games at Springfield, Lemieux scored 12 goals and 19 assists, while totaling four penalty minutes. He is an excellent point man on the power play, but he has displayed defensive deficiencies the Capitals hoped he could correct in the minors.
Goalie Ron Low's bruised right foot was X rayed, but no break was observed. However, the painful bone bruise may keep him out of Saturday's game.
The Capitals have allowed only 31 goals in 12 games, fewest in the NHL. Montreal, which blanked the Capitals, 3-0, at Capital Centre Tuesday night, is next with 32.
Montreal has won all 15 of its games against the Capitals. In 22 homes games this season, the Canadians have tied three and lost one, to Boston by a 4-3 score on Oct. 30.
The Canadiens' Guy Lafleur leads all NHL scorers with 37 goals and 37 assists. Linemate Steve Shutt has 36 goals and 29 assists.