The Washington Times - March 31, 2011, 08:57PM

The Capitals’ injury situation on the blue line that was already bad has reportedly gone to worse.

Defenseman Dennis Wideman is in a D.C. hospital with a “significant leg hematoma,” according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, citing sources. The report says Wideman could be out indefinitely with the condition.


Caps players confirmed in the locker room afterward that their teammate was hospitalized.

“I think we’re all kinda surprised what kind of injury it turned into. He could be gone a couple weeks, he could be gone a lot longer,” winger Mike Knuble said.

Earlier in the day, the team downgraded his condition from day-to-day to week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

“It’s just he’s not ready for [Thursday night] and he won’t be ready for Saturday, so it has to be week-to-week,” Bruce Boudreau said after the morning skate.

Officially, the team is neither confirming nor denying the report.

“Wideman is listed as week to week with a lower body injury. Per club policy we don’t disclose injuries,” a team spokesman said in a text message to The Times.

From TSN:

A hematoma is caused by a contusion where blood escapes or leaks from an artery, vein or capillary into soft tissue, such as a muscle, where it does not belong.

In a related development, John Erskine left the game in the second for what Boudreau called “precautionary” reasons. The coach said it was not a hand injury from Erskine’s fight.