- The Washington Times - Friday, May 4, 2018

Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky took the ice Friday for the first time since suffering an upper body injury on April 15 in Game 2 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Burakovsky skated before the team’s optional skate. He did not handle a puck at all.

Coach Barry Trotz said Burakovsky remains “week-to-week” despite the forward’s progress. Burakovsky had a “minor surgery” two weeks ago. The 23-year-old suffered the injury after taking a hit from Columbus forward Boone Jenner.

Burakovsky had 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) this season. He missed 20 games with a broken hand, and then struggled in his return. Trotz made him a healthy scratch at various points, but Burakovsky had a strong stretch to end the regular season.

The Capitals have missed Burakovsky’s speed. Washington’s forward depth, in particular, has been tested against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Tom Wilson is in the middle of serving a three-game suspension for a hit on Zach Aston-Reese.

“Obviously, right now we don’t have so we don’t really think what’s going to happen with him,” forward Jakub Vrana said. “When he’s ready, he’s ready ready and we’re focusing on us. We just have to make sure that we’re ready for next game.”

The Capitals will meet the Penguins Saturday for Game 5. The series is tied 2-2.

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