Capitals C Perreault taken to hospital

Washington Capitals center Mathieu Perreault was taken to a

hospital after sustaining what the team called an upper-body injury

in Monday’s 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

A team spokesperson said the plan was for Perreault to rejoin

the team in Washington on Tuesday after staying in Buffalo

overnight, though he noted Perreault may not necessarily stay in

the hospital.

Perreault was hurt in the third period when his stick got caught

in the boards and jammed into his midsection while he was

attempting to hit a Buffalo player in the corner. Perreault stayed

down on the ice for a minute before skating slumped over to the

bench under his own power.

He was able to finish the game, but in the Washington dressing

room he was evaluated by medical personnel before being transported

to the hospital.

Perreault ended a seven-game pointless skid with an assist on

Matt Hendricks’ second-period goal that made it 4-1. The three-year

veteran has seven points in 23 games this season.