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Capitals recall Osala from Hershey, reassign 2

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WASHINGTON (AP) -The injury-depleted Washington Capitals dipped into the AHL yet again, recalling forward Oskar Osala from Hershey before Wednesday night's game against Boston.

The Capitals also sent forward Keith Aucoin and forward Bryan Helmer back to Hershey.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Osala was a fourth-round pick in the 2006 draft. He ranks third in the AHL with 16 goals this season.

Washington's latest hurt player is forward Tomas Fleischmann, who ranks third on the team with 10 goals this season.

"Every night it's something different," coach Bruce Boudreau said before Wednesday's game. "You've just got to go in the room and take a deep breath and say, 'OK. Everything's fine.' Other teams are experiencing the same thing."

With several key players sidelined by injuries - including forwards Sergei Fedorov and Chris Clark, and defenseman Mike Green - the Capitals have been forced to bring up a series of players from the minors recently.

Still, Washington leads the Southeast Division.

"We haven't got to a point where we're losing and then we're blaming it on the fact that we're hurting," Boudreau said. "The guys that are getting called up are doing a good job. It's not them. When we do lose, they're usually not the reason that we do lose."

Boudreau did get two important players back against the Bruins: Forward Alexander Semin and defenseman Tom Poti both returned from injury absences Wednesday night. Semin missed 12 games, and Poti sat out six.

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