The Washington Times - November 1, 2011, 11:05PM

Troy Brouwer hasn’t exactly lit the ice on fire through 10 games, but he’s an important piece of the Capitals’ offense as the top-line right wing.

And with 2:17 left in the third period, it looked like his brief Caps tenure and last season flashed in front of Brouwer as he was hit by Anaheim’s Toni Lydman, landing against the boards on his right shoulder.


That’s the same shoulder he had surgically repaired back in May.

On what could have been a penalized hit, Brouwer’s shoulder hit into the boards just above the yellow line. He was wincing in obvious pain and was hunched over on the bench immediately after.

Brouwer did not return to the game.

Afterward, coach Bruce Boudreau didn’t know how serious – if at all – the injury was.

“I’m going to have to see yet,” Boudreau said. “I don’t know.”

Walking out of the interview room, Boudreau responded to another question about Brouwer but again affirming he didn’t know what was going on.