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Capitals' Fehr was sidelined by AC sprain in playoffs

by Katie Brown /

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The injury that sidelined Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr for 10 games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs was a separated shoulder, also known as an AC sprain, Fehr said Friday.

"The AC sprain is not a shoulder injury. It’s different, which is good for me," Fehr said. "These are injuries that just go away. They just need time, and unfortunately, come playoff time, you don’t have that."

He was injured in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round from a hit by New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo.

Fehr was out for 24 days but returned for Game 7 of the second round against the New York Rangers.

A pending unrestricted free agent, Fehr’s status with the Capitals is uncertain but he is confident the injury won’t affect the interest of other NHL teams.

"Having a lot of shoulder injuries in the past has been an issue and people have shied away from me for those reasons, but I don’t think there’s any reason now," Fehr said. "It’s a fluke injury and it’s more of a hockey injury than some of the other injuries I’ve had in the past."

He also experienced an issue with his elbow that bothered him during the regular season, and said he’ll be evaluated by medical staff before leaving for the summer.

"That was a bit of an issue," Fehr said. "And I had a bit of an elbow problem during the regular season that kept me out for a few games. Going to be evaluated further coming up."

Capitals defenseman Tim Gleason said he experienced hip problems and some disc issues in his neck during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which ended for the Capitals with a 2-1, Game 7 overtime loss to Rangers.

"A couple minor issues that was no big deal, so that’s part of the game," Gleason said. "Could’ve kept on going, that’s for sure. You just go with adrenaline and it fades away. There’s nothing that’s a long period of time."

The Capitals recalled defenseman Nate Schmidt from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League twice during the playoffs as a precautionary measure, but Gleason didn’t miss any games.

"The hip was most recent," Gleason said. "The neck was taken care of, I don’t know a week, 10 days ago, I’d say. It’s something I’ll have to look into with a little more time, see how things are going there, but with the hip, once the swelling goes down it’ll be fine."

Washington defenseman Dmitry Orlov, who spent the season recovering from wrist surgery, didn’t have a chance to play at all.

"I want to forget this season," he said.

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