For the second straight night, the Capitals had to finish the game with five defensemen. This time, though, it was even more physically grueling.
Roman Hamrlik left Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils in the second period and never returned. Bruce Boudreau called him “day-to-day.”
“He got a cross-check and he’s fine,” the coach said. “He was not fine enough to play, but he, from what I’ve been told, is day-to-day.”
Hamrlik played just 9:22 and his final shift ended with 1:27 remaining in the second period. There was a long gap between shifts in the second, making it appear like the veteran defenseman was injured earlier but tried to come back.
The Caps were already playing without Mike Green and John Erskine, using Brooks Laich on defense.