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Calvin de Haan Injury: Defenseman leaves Islanders vs. Capitals Game 5

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For the second consecutive game, the Islanders lost a key defenseman after a late hit by a Capital.

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James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Things may have gone from bad to worse for the New York Islanders in the third period of Game 5, with the Washington Capitals running away with the score and taking out another Islanders defenseman.

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:

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.