Dale Hunter was very confident that Brooks Laich was doing “good” the night after playing despite a left knee injury. The Washington Capitals’ most versatile forward took a maintenance day instead of practicing Wednesday, but he did report positive news in a radio appearance.
Asked how the left knee held up, Laich told 106.7 The Fan “actually really well compared to what I thought it might do.”
“Our training staff did a great job the last 36 hours. Greg Smith and Ben Reese are our trainers; they’re two of the best, and they were the reason I was able to play,” he said. “They did a great job and it held up pretty well and we won the game. So all in all a good day.”
Laich told 106.7 that the injury, suffered behind the net Sunday on a clean hit from Dennis Seidenberg, was “just a perfect storm of crap going on” because his knee buckled when it was smashing into the boards. The ultra-tough, and stubborn, Laich did not want to think it was a severe injury.
“As a player if you can avoid major injuries – like you’re talking MCLs, ACLs, blowing those – if you can avoid that stuff, that helps prolong your career,” Laich said. “In the back of your head, you’re thinking, ‘Oh please don’t be this.’ The pain at the time was pretty bad, but I was still I think aware that I don’t think it was something too serious.”