Andre Burakovsky left Sunday night’s playoff game against the Blue Jackets with an upper-body injury during the first period and will not return, the team announced.
The Capitals forward slammed into the boards by Boone Jenner and appeared to injury his left shoulder.
Burakovsky took a hit into the boards from Boone Jenner late in the 1st and is not on the bench for the 2nd.
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) April 16, 2018
Burakovsky finished the regular season with 25 points in 56 games but is still a key part of the Caps rotation.
Burakovsky wasn’t the only injury Sunday as linesman Steve Barton left late in the second period due to a leg injury and was treated by medical personnel, the NHL announced. Garrett Rank took over as his replacement.
NHL director of officiating Steven Walkom said Monday that Barton suffered a dislocated kneecap and torn quadriceps and will need surgery.
Barton was also injured in a Blue Jackets game in March when his head hit the ice after being tripped by the Oilers’ Connor McDavid.