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'Scary' eye injury knocks Holtby out of Capitals’ game vs. Columbus

'Scary' eye injury knocks Holtby out of Capitals’ game vs. Columbus

CAPITAL ONE ARENA — Braden Holtby left the Capitals’ 2-1 overtime loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday after taking a stick to the eye in the second period. 

Holtby will be re-evaluated Sunday, according to coach Todd Reirden. He originally expected to come back after the two-minute power play for the high-sticking penalty given to Columbus forward Cam Atkinson. But after consultation with team trainers and doctors the Caps decided to keep Holtby out the rest of the game.  

"Very concerned,” Reirden said. “Saw the play initially from the bench, then was able to see the replay of it. Our initial discussions with our trainer and doctors, that's a serious thing. He wasn't able to return to the game, and we'll get some more evaluation tonight and know a little bit more [Sunday] and have a better update for you guys then."

Holtby had stopped 10 of 11 shots on goal when Atkinson’s stick came up during a collision in the crease. Holtby’s mask was ripped off, and he immediately put his hand over his right eye. That gave Washington a power play at 8:43 of the second period. Backup goalie Pheonix Copley played the final 31:17 of regulation.  

“It is scary to see that, especially as a goalie (because) you’re not really expecting it because you have the full cage on,” Copley said. “I just hope for the best that everything is ok.”

Copley stopped 10 of 11 shots himself before Artemi Panarin beat him with a wrister in overtime. But he kept the score 1-0 and gave the Caps a chance to tie the game. Evgeny Kuznetsov’s goal with 1:06 to go during a 6-on-5 advantage sent it to overtime.

Meanwhile, Alex Ovechkin missed the final eight minutes of the first period, including a shift where Washington played 16 seconds with just four men on the ice. Ovechkin had a cut on his hand and left for stitches. But he returned for the start of the second period and he still played 21:16 and had an assist on Kuznetsov’s game-tying goal.     



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Capitals at Devils: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Capitals at Devils: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

After suffering a tough defeat to the Tampa Bay Lightening, the team with the NHL's best record, on Saturday, the Capitals (42-23-7) look to get back on track on Tuesday against the struggling New Jersey Devils (27-37-9).

Although the Devils have totaled the least amount of points of any team in the Metropolitan Division, they have won two of their last three contests.

The two teams faced off just over a couple weeks ago, when Washington shutout the Devils, 3-0, on March 8. Holtby had 25 saves in the Capitals' victory.

Here's how to tune in to Capitals-Devils on Tuesday. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.


What: Washington Capitals vs. New Jersey Devils, Game 73 of the 2018-19 NHL Regular Season

Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey

When: Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Capitals at Devils game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. (Channel Link)

Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals at Devils on NBC Sports Washington’s live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Caps 24/7 Radio, 106.7 The Fan FM


6:30 PM: Caps FaceOff Live
7:00 PM: Caps Pregame Live
7:30 PM: Capitals at Lightning Live
10:00 PM: Capitals Postgame Live
10:30 PM: Capitals Overtime Live


Capitals: N/A
Devils: Egor Yakovlev, upper body: TBD against Capitals. Nick Hischier, upper body: TBD against Capitals. Nathan Bastian, upper body, TBD against Capitals. Pavel Zacha, upper body, TBD against Capitals. Miles Wood, ankle, TBD against Capitals.


Number of all-time meetings: 209 games

All-time series record: Caps lead the all-time series 106-90-13

Last Meeting: March 8, 2010: Caps beat Devils 3-0.


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Capitals sign heralded Virginia native Joe Snively to entry-level contract

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Capitals sign heralded Virginia native Joe Snively to entry-level contract

With a thin core of forward prospects, the Capitals looked locally and announced the signing of Herndon, Virginia native Joe Snively on Monday to a two-year, entry-level contract beginning in the 2019-20 season.

Snively, 23, is an undrafted free agent who played the last four years for Yale in the NCAA. He led the team in all four seasons. He scored 15 goals and 36 points in 33 games in his senior season. His skillset reportedly caught the eye of several other NHL clubs, but he elected to sign with his hometown team.

Snively is an alum of the Washington Little Capitals, the local youth hockey program based at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. He played junior hockey in the USHL with the Sioux City Musketeers tallying 64 points in 55 games.

“Obviously a unique situation with a local kid, which is phenomenal,” Todd Reirden said. “But it's very competitive to sign those free agents out of college, and we're fortunate to be able to add someone (who's) almost like a free player.”

Snively is not eligible to play with the Caps this season, so do not expect him to suit up in red anytime soon. Washington is at its maximum number of contracts with 50, which is why Snively’s contract is set to start for the 2019-20 season. He could, however, potentially play in Hershey on a tryout agreement.