Although neither injury is considered to be serious, the Washington Capitals
endured a couple of painful losses on Monday night.
Goaltender Michal Neuvirth
left after the first period and Nicklas Backstrom
exited during the second in the Caps' 2-1 shootout victory against Tampa Bay at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Neuvirth was struck on the mask and suffered an eye injury just 21 seconds into the game on a shot by Lightning forward Nate Thompson
. Neuvirth was able to finish the first period, stopping six of seven shots. He was replaced by Braden Holtby
, who stopped all 21 shots he faced.
"Michal's fine," Caps coach Bruce Boudreau
said. "Some part of the metal around his mask went into his eye, and he couldn't get it out. But he got it out, and he was fine after that. He's going to be OK."
Backstrom left the game in the second period with a sore finger. Boudreau said the talented center wanted to re-enter the game, but was held out as a precaution.
"He just fell on his hand the wrong way," Boudreau said. "If you've ever had a sore finger or something and get it hit the wrong way, it gets pretty tender."
Washington returns to action on Wednesday night against Edmonton at the Verizon Center.
Material from wire services was used in this report.