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Malenstyn Exits Capitals’ Tilt With Knights With Injury

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Capitals forward Beck Malenstyn and Aliaksei Protas

WASHINGTON — The Washington Capitals’ injury troubles continue, as Beck Malenstyn will not return to Tuesday’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights after suffering an upper-body injury in the first period.

The exit comes after a huge sliding block in the defensive zone with the Golden Knights swarming. The shot appeared to possibly catch him in the arm or hand, and he was slow to get up and doubled over afterward. He went down the tunnel shortly after.

It is unclear how serious it is.

Malenstyn has made himself a regular in the lineup of late, fitting right in on the powerhouse fourth line with Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway. He has a goal and assist through five games so far.

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The 6-3, 200-pound forward joins a long list of already-injured skaters, and he was called to help fill in for several names already on the shelf. This injury comes on a rough day for Washington, who found out that Connor Brown will likely miss the remainder of the season after successful ACL surgery.

In addition to Brown, T.J. Oshie is out indefinitely, and Nicklas Backstrom, Tom Wilson, Carl Hagelin and John Carlson are also on the shelf.

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