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Capitals defenseman Schmidt returned to AHL

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

The Washington Capitals on Tuesday sent defenseman Nate Schmidt to Hershey of the American Hockey League.

Schmidt, 23, had been recalled Sunday as a precaution in case veteran Tim Gleason wouldn't be able to play Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the New York Rangers. Gleason played 12:32 in the Capitals' 1-0 victory; Schmidt was a healthy scratch.

Game 4 will be Wednesday at Verizon Center (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2).

Schmidt will rejoin a Hershey team starting its Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' AHL affiliate, on Wednesday.

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