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Capitals' Erat suffers lower-body injury

Saturday, 04.06.2013 / 8:32 PM
Alain Poupart  - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Newly acquired Washington Capitals forward Martin Erat left Saturday’s game against the Florida Panthers with an apparent leg injury in the first period.

Erat, acquired from the Nashville Predators along with Michael Latta for top prospect Filip Forsberg on Wednesday, was injured when he was hit into the boards by Florida defenseman Erik Gudbranson. After staying on the ice for a few minutes, Erat needed help to get to the dressing room and couldn't put weight on his right leg.

Gudbranson was assessed a five-minute penalty and a game misconduct on the play.

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