Andre Burakovsky left Thursday’s game against the Red Wings with an upper-body injury, the team announced.
In the first period, the Capitals winger went down on one knee to block Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith’s blast from the point. Based on replays, the puck appeared to hit Burakovsky in the hand area, perhaps between the cuff of the hockey glove and elbow pad.
He immediately hunched over and skated to the bench. After talking to trainers, he headed to the dressing room. His right glove was removed.
Burakovsky, who turned 22 on Thursday, has 11 goals and has become an integral part of the team’s surging third line.
Coach Barry Trotz will likely provide an update after the game.