The goaltender the Capitals had come to rely on this year was replaced by a relative stranger — Grubauer, a 23-year-old German who was fully expecting to battle for the Calder Cup.
Fighting past an early two-goal deficit, Grubauer turned away 18 of 21 shots, helping the Capitals knot the first-round playoff series against the Islanders with a 4-3 victory.
Manager Matt Williams said he did not know the severity of the strain and Escobar would be reevaluated Saturday morning.
Chimera scored the go-ahead goal 7:37 into the third period as the Capitals fought back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Islanders, 4-3, in Game 2 of the teams’ first-round playoff series.
Scherzer allowed one run and four hits over eight innings as the Nationals won their second in a row over Philadelphia, 7-2.
Beal and Wall remain the Wizards’ engine, the whole thing this season and the future hangs on. Each say they are in a good place when heading on the road to deal with the Raptors. All that’s left is to prove it.
Holtby, who started 25 consecutive games to finish the regular season, did not participate in the Capitals’ morning skate on Friday after missing their optional skate on Thursday as well.
Amid the matchups between the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors, there is one the Wizards have no clear counter for: Toronto guard Lou Williams.
In his first public comments since he entered a treatment facility on Jan. 28, the Browns quarterback apologized and acknowledged he has a long way to go to win back people’s respect.
“Bring it on,” Stammen said Friday of the torn right flexor muscle that will likely end his 2015 season. “I got another challenge to try to overcome.”
Disappointment is the norm, and Washington sports fans have battle fatigue, fighting what has been a two-decade war — the last time the Washington Redskins won a Super Bowl.
Following a 3-for-4 night with Single-A Hagerstown, Span is on a path to rejoin the Nationals soon after missing five weeks because of abdominal surgery.