SAN JOSE – Sharks winger Jonathan Dahlen was injured in the first round of Saturday’s game with the Washington Capitals at the SAP Center and his position now appears precarious for the team’s remaining home ground.
Dahlen came back to start the second period and skated for two innings before heading back to the Sharks’ dressing room. The Sharks announced later in the period that Dahlen would not return to the game, which the team lost 4–0.
Dahlen was trying to control the puck behind the Capitals net when he was hit by Washington defenseman John Carlson. Exactly a second later, Dahlen grabbed his left shoulder and then grabbed the back of the Washington net with his right hand for support.
With the play on the ice, Dahlen then headed straight to the Sharks’ bench and headed back to the team’s dressing room. Play was dead in this period with 6:39 remaining.
Sharks coach Bob Boffner said Dahlen’s upper body injury would be reevaluated and that he and the team would learn more about his condition in the morning.
The Sharks host the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday, the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.
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“When someone tries this, you think it’s not so bad,” Sharks captain Logan Couture said of Dahlen’s brief comeback. “I’m not quite sure what it was, I didn’t have enough time to talk to him between periods. He was about to come back and try, so hopefully that’s a good sign. We definitely missed him.” did.”
Dahlen, a rookie, came on Saturday with nine points from 15 games and has been in the top line with Sharks’ couture since the start of training camp in September. Dahlen has also been a fixture on the Sharks’ power play and averages 14:38 of ice time per game.
After Dahlen left the game for the second time, Sharks winger Rudolfs Balser skated in Dahlen’s place on the line with Couture and Timo Meier.
The Capitals took a 1–0 lead when Dahlen’s injury hit a goal by Conor Sherri at 2:17 of the first period.
Washington then took a two-goal lead at 13:58 on a power-play goal by Alex Ovechkin. With Marc-Edouard Vlasic serving a delayed game penalty, Ovechkin took a pass from Carlsen and slapped a slap from the top of the circle to Sharks goalkeeper Edin Hill for his 13th goal of the season and the 743th goal of his career. threw away.