The Capitals entered Thursday's game against the Vancouver Canucks without the services of Matt Niskanen, Tyler Graovac, Andre Burakovsky and Nicklas Backstrom. Another name was added to that list early in the second period when Brett Connolly left the game due to an upper-body injury after taking two hits from Vancouver defenseman Erik Gudbranson.
Connolly had the puck along the boards with his back to Gudbranson. He tried to put on the breaks and change direction, but Gudbranson didn't bite and instead caught Connolly with his shoulder. It looked as if the hit sent Connolly's head into the boards.
Connolly was slow to get up and made his way directly to the bench. Soon after he made his way down the tunnel and his night was over.
That was actually not the first big hit Connolly had taken from Gudbranson on the night.
At the end of the first period, Connolly took a blindside shoulder to the head that knocked him down to the ice.
According to the team, Connolly will be re-evaluated on Friday.
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