Center Marcus Johansson suffered an upper-body injury during the first period of the Washington Capitals’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday. His last shift was 12 minutes and 13 seconds into the game, and he was ruled out after that.
After the game, Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said he didn’t know the seriousness of Johansson’s injury, and that he hadn’t yet spoken to the training staff. Trotz also said he thought Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas “stepped up on him. He was cutting across to the middle, and he stepped up and got tangled up.”
If the injury is a minor one, then Johansson will benefit from the all-star break starting on Thursday. Since Johansson became the team’s third-line center, moving over from wing after center Jay Beagle needed hand surgery, he has eight points in eight games (he missed two games after being suspended for an illegal hit). Though Johansson plays on the first power-play unit, all but two of those points have been at even strength.
With the addition of Mike Richards, the Capitals have depth at center if Johansson’s injury requires him to miss game time. Johansson has missed just one game this season because of injury, and he has 13 goals and 17 assists on the year.