The Washington Times - January 18, 2012, 11:00PM

MONTREAL | With just over three minutes to go in the Washington Capitals’ 3-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, Marcus Johansson had a scary moment. An awkward collision appeared to leave the young center in pain and favoring his left leg or groin.

Johansson skated to the bench grimacing and stayed there for the final 2:49. But afterward, he reported no problems and had no visible limp.


“No, I’m fine. It happens. It’s part of the game,” he said. “Sometimes it hurts, but it’s OK.”

Johansson wouldn’t divulge the specific injury, but any kind of time missed would be catastrophic for the Caps, who are already without No. 1 center Nicklas Backstrom.

Playing in Backstrom’s spot, Johansson scored Washington’s second goal Wednesday night by outworking Andrei Kostitsyn and beating goaltender Carey Price with an odd shot.

He was holding my stick a bit and I couldn’t get much on it,” Johansson said. “Sometimes that’s enough.”