Injury news good, bad on Johansson Cap's wrist isn't broken, but he's still out 2-4 weeks


The Washington Capitals, whose locker room resembles a MASH unit, sent defensemen Calle Johansson, Joe Reekie and Stewart Malgunas for more X-rays and exams yesterday.

The good news is that the Caps learned that Johansson's right wrist, injured in the team's 4-2 loss at Pittsburgh on Thursday, is not broken. They also learned that Reekie, who suffered a bruised nerve in his left foot in the same game, is day-to-day.

The bad news is that Johansson's wrist is so badly sprained that he still will be out two to four weeks. Doctors confirmed that Malgunas dislocated his shoulder during the second period against Ottawa on Saturday and will be out six weeks. He has been sent back to the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.

Johansson, Reekie and Malgunas are three of Caps' eight major injuries.

"None of the eight will be back before the season ends and few, if any, for the first round of the playoffs," said Caps coach Jim Schoenfeld. "I feel like Dr. Welby."

The Caps have three games left in their regular season -- tomorrow in New York against the Rangers, and home Thursday and Saturday against the New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres, vTC respectively.

In those three games, Washington needs four points to eliminate the need for tiebreakers and make it impossible for New Jersey or Tampa Bay to catch them.

Along with Malgunas, the Caps sent Martin Gendron back to Portland. Gendron is healthy, but had produced just one goal and one assist in 18 games covering four stints with Washington this season, even though he led the Pirates' goal scorers with 38.

Called up were center Jason Allison, who has 27 goals and 36 assists in 53 games in Portland, and defenseman Steve Poapst, who has 10 goals and 22 assists with the Pirates.

Pub Date: 4/09/96

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