Erat injured in Capitals victory over Panthers

Erat injured in Capitals victory over Panthers
April 6, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Martin Erat takes a nasty hit into the boards

The Capitals played most of Saturday night’s 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers without two of their key forwards.

With Brooks Laich sidelined with a lower body injury suffered Thursday night against the Islanders, the Caps lost newly acquired forward Martin Erat with 5:23 remaining in the first period when he crashed into the boards on a questionable check from behind by Panathers defenseman Erik Gudbranson.

Gudbranson was given a boarding major and a game misconduct for the hit and could face disciplinary action for the hit. Erat was helped off the ice and did not return.

It was not immediately clear, but it appeared Erat suffered a left leg injury on the play, in which both lags slammed awkwardly into the boards.

Erat, 31, was acquired from the Nashville Predators on Wednesday and was playing in just his second game for the Capitals.