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Laviolette Shares Update On Carlson, Oshie Injuries For Capitals



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UPDATE: The Washington Capitals announced on Monday that T.J. Oshie is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury and that John Carlson (lower-body) is day-to-day.

The Washington Capitals put together a full 60 minutes and came out of Nashville with a huge 3-0 win over the Predators, but they still suffered a setback in Music City as they saw T.J. Oshie and John Carlson go down with injuries.

Both stars suffered lower-body injuries in the first period and did not return. Head coach Peter Laviolette didn’t have much to share on their statuses right now.

“They’re both lower-body and we’re evaluating them,” Laviolette said postgame.

He also praised the team’s effort in wake of the injuries early on. Dmitry Orlov picked up 26:38 minutes of ice time with Carlson out, Darcy Kuemper held down the fort and Beck Malenstyn, Aliaksei Protas and Alex Ovechkin scored to lead the team to victory. A lot of additional players were also double-shifted.

“You lose two players, one forward one defenseman… you’re really juggling it for the rest of the game. I thought our guys did a terrific job,” Laviolette added. “We put a lot of minutes on guys and I thought they responded really well.”

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Oshie skated just 1:51 minutes in the first period and appeared to tweak something while working on an early power play. He went directly to the bench and needed help getting down the tunnel. He has dealt with a myriad of injuries over the last year. The 35-year-old was limited to just 44 games last season due to upper and lower-body ailments. He also underwent a procedure in the offseason and dealt with an upper-body injury before the start of the 2022-23 regular season. Oshie has five points through nine games so far this year.

A few minutes after Oshie’s injury, Carlson went down awkwardly in the corner after trying to steal the puck from Zach Sanford in the defensive zone. He went into a split and got up slowly but finished his shift. He had one more seven-second shift and then went straight to the dressing room. No. 74 has six points in nine games to open the year. He tied for second on the team in scoring.

Carlson was part of the postgame locker room celebration and was on his feet and in high spirits.