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Caps defenceman Tom Poti to miss Game 7 against Habs with eye injury

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ARLINGTON, Va. - Washington Capitals defenceman Tom Poti will miss Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens after getting hit in the eye by a puck.

Coach Bruce Boudreau says Tuesday that Poti has "a pretty significant injury" and could be sidelined two to three weeks - or longer - if the Capitals stay in the playoffs by winning Wednesday night's deciding game of their first-round series.

Poti was hurt in Montreal's 4-1 home victory in Game 6 on Monday night.

Poti is tied for the team lead with four assists this post-season, and he and rookie John Carlson have formed Washington's top defensive pairing against Montreal.

Boudreau also says he has decided on a goalie for Game 7, but he wouldn't announce a starter.

Defenceman Karl Alzner, meanwhile, was recalled from the AHL on Tuesday. He played in 21 regular-season games for Washington this year and had five assists.

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