After the Capitals scored early to create a 3-1 lead, Calvin de Haan left the game with an apparent upper body injury from a late hit by Troy Brouwer 3:55 into the period. Brouwer caught de Haan after he had passed the puck -- with enough time for his partner Thomas Hickey to skate by between the pass and the hit by Brouwer:
GIF: de Haan just went to the locker room after this hit pic.twitter.com/DgiBJgoY46— Stephanie Vail (@myregularface) April 24, 2015
He skated and walked off moving his legs fine; it's the upper body that elicits worry here. De Haan has a history of shoulder injuries, and it looked like he might have landed awkwardly on that shoulder.
The Isles were already playing without Lubomir Visnovsky, who was knocked out -- possibly for the series -- after Tom Wilson nailed him behind the Islanders net in Game 4. That's in addition to being without Travis Hamonic, who was lost to an apparent knee injury in the last week of the regular season.
Griffin Reinhart made his NHL playoff debut in Game 5 to replace Visnovsky. If de Haan is also out for Game 5, that likely means another young defenseman -- possibly Ryan Pulock -- enters. Trouble.