PITTSBURGH – Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner, an Iron Man throughout the regular season, simply could not find the strength in his groin to finish the Capitals’ sixth and final game of their playoff defeat to the Penguins.
Alzner left the Game 6 after taking just two shifts in the second period and did not return. He said afterward he injured his groin early in the game and could not play through it, calling it “bad timing.” The injury did not occur when he was slashed by Sidney Crosby in the first period.
Capitals coach Barry Trotz said Alzner has been hurt “a while.”
“I think if you ask most guys on our team if there’s one guy we can’t lose it’s him,” Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby said. “He’s our best penalty killer every time and it showed. They got a couple power play goals. It’s tough but we battled through it and gave ourselves a chance.”
With Alzner out, John Carlson logged a game-high 33:12 and Matt Niskanen played 30:55.