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Johansson Injured In Capitals’ Loss To Panthers, Laviolette Shares Update

Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson was injured in the team’s 6-3 loss to the Florida Panthers.



WASHINGTON — Right before Nicklas Backstrom's power-play goal in the third period, Marcus Johansson suffered an apparent lower-body injury in the Washington Capitals' 6-3 loss to the Florida Panthers.

With just over seven minutes to go in regulation, Radko Gudas raced behind the net to jump on a loose puck but missed and went to stop. As he was turned, Marcus Johansson, also going for the puck, collided with Gudas and landed awkwardly on top of the Panthers blueliner. Johansson was slow to get up and got to his knees before getting to his feet. He stayed in the play until Backstrom struck seconds later, and then, doubled over, he made his way to the bench.

After speaking with the trainer, Johansson got up and made his way down the tunnel. He did not return.

Head coach Peter Laviolette said that the Swede is still being evaluated.

It would be a difficult loss for Washington, who utilize Johansson in several positions and have seen impressive play for him in his return to D.C. this season. Through 57 games, the 32-year-old ranks third on the team in goals (13) and sixth in points (28). He has mainly played on the top-6 and has established himself on the No. 1 power-play unit as a strong puck carrier who can jumpstart the play and help with zone entries.

The Capitals will fly to Raleigh on Thursday night in preparation for Saturday's Stadium Series game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

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