The Washington Times - February 5, 2012, 03:47PM

Brooks Laich wore a light gray suit out of Verizon Center Sunday, but that also came with a big navy blue brace on his left knee and a set of crutches.

Laich insisted he was OK after getting hurt midway through the second period.


“Well, I wasn’t able to finish, which was disappointing. But that was more on a precautionary note,” Laich told a small group of local reporters. “I’ll get some ice on it and see how I feel when I wake up.”

Laich’s sense of humor was very much in tact, as he joked that he actually had an elbow injury and tried to convince reporters that he could walk on the leg without the aid of crutches.

As for skating Monday, the 28-year-old forward was noncommittal.

“We’ll see tomorrow. I’m not a doctor, but these things sometimes there’s some swelling and you’ve got to wait to see what happens,” he said. “I don’t think it’s anything serious. In the past I’ve been a fast healer, so we’ll see when I wake up.”

Laich played just 11:14, never returning after taking a knee-on-knee hit along the boards from Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. He tried to test it out by skating during the next TV timeout, but that showed he couldn’t play.

“A lot of times if you block a shot, sometimes you just get a stinger. I thought that’s maybe what it was – maybe I hit a nerve or something and it was a bit of a stinger,” Laich said. “And then I took some time in the locker room and then came out. It was just a little too uncomfortable at the time. If I wasn’t going to be of any service to the team, then I was going to be a detriment to the team. So I wasn’t able to finish.”