WASHINGTON – Michal Kempny suffered a lower-body injury in the second period of Wednesday’s contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning that knocked him out of the game.

The play occurred after Kempny took issue with a hit from Cedric Paquette that looked like a possible board. Kempny reacted with a shot to the face of Paquette, followed by a shove which sparked a melee between the two. The two sparred along the boards and Paquette grabbed Kempny and took him down to the ice. Kempny fell awkwardly and it appeared his left leg was caught up underneath him.

Following the play, Kempny had to be helped slowly down the tunnel and did not appear to be putting any weight on his left leg.

The Caps announced prior to the third period that Kempny would not return.

Kempny was a key piece of the Caps’ championship run in 2018. A trade deadline acquisition, Kempny soon found himself playing on the top defensive pair with John Carlson. With only eight games remaining in the regular season, should Kempny miss any time at all it will have a major impact on the Caps’ quest to repeat.