Last March, it was a seemingly innocent collision with the Hurricanes’ Tuomo Ruutu that ended Dennis Wideman’s season. It didn’t look terribly bad at the time, but Wideman left with a leg injury that turned into hematoma and compartment syndrome.
So when he left Monday night’s game after getting hit by Columbus’ Jared Boll, it seemed scary. Wideman returned soon after and downplayed it following the Capitals’ 3-1 win.
“I just got another charley horse – in the other leg,” Wideman said.
Wideman, who scored a goal on the power play, didn’t seem worse for the wear. In fact, he led Washington in ice time, skating 22:38.
And even after last season, Wideman said he isn’t worried about leg injuries.
“No, you can’t worry about stuff like that. As soon as you start worrying about stuff like that, that’s when it happens,” he said. “You just got to play the game. He just came at me and kind of missed me a little bit and his knee was just kind of leading, and that’s all.”