Just when everyone finally got healthy... the injury bug has bitten again. Turns out Chris Clark may not be the only player forced to resort to surgery. General Manager George McPhee announced prior to the game tonight that back-up goaltender Brent Johnson continues to suffer from a nagging hip injury and may need surgery. With Hershey's primary goaltender, Simeon Varlamov, also out injured, the Caps called up Hershey's backup goalie Michael Neuvirth to make the trip to New Jersey to back up Jose' Theodore.
Another Caps player who made the trip, Viktor Kozlov, started the game but left after the first period with a "groin tweak." Not sure how serious the situation is yet. His absence left the Caps' bench short-handed for the remainder of the game and was obviously felt on the ice as Coach Bruce Boudreau juggled his lines to fend off the Devils, who were determind to keep their eight-game winning streak alive.
Let's just hope this isn't the start of another long run of injuries like the one the Caps suffered in November and December. Get well soon, guys!