ARLINGTON, V.A. — Carl Hagelin left Washington Capitals practice early after taking a stick to the face.
The team was finishing up practice and taking part in competition drills when play suddenly stopped. Hagelin took a stip up high and was in visible pain. He was then helped off the ice and headed straight to the dressing room. Hagelin was holding a towel up against his face as he left, and practice went quiet.
“It looked very uncomfortable for him,” T.J. Oshie said. “Team’s in there working on him. We got a good staff in there, good docs. Hopefully it’s a quick fix and we’re definitely thinking about him.”
Head coach Peter Laviolette didn’t have an update on Hagelin after practice.
Through 53 appearances so far this season, the 33-year-old has three goals and 11 assists. He mainly skates on the powerful fourth line with Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway.
With Joe Snively out with an upper-body injury, the team currently doesn’t have an extra forward. If Hagelin’s injury is long term, the team will need to make a call-up.