What's Buzzing:

Puck Daddy

Martin Erat boarded by Panthers’ Gudbranson, leaves game with injury (Video)

Harrison Mooney
Puck Daddy

The Washington Capitals paid a high price for Martin Erat, trading away one of their top prospects in Filip Forsberg. But the club has clawed its way back into the playoff picture, and Erat is expected to make them even more offensively lethal heading into the postseason. If he can help them make a deep run, the move might be worth it.

But to help, Erat needs to be healthy. The winger left Saturday's game with the Florida Panthers -- -- just his second in a Caps uniform -- after being boarded by Erik Gudbranson on a hit that the Department of Player Safety will definitely review:

Gudbranson received a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct, and that may not be all he faces. That was a nasty hit from behind and he'll be fortunate to play in the Panthers' next game. You can't drive through a guy like that when you see nothing but the numbers.

But the Capitals likely aren't all that worried about Gudbranson, not when Erat had to be helped of the ice in visible pain. With the awkward way his legs were splayed going into the boards, he'll be as fortunate to play the next game as Gudbranson.

George McPhee has already faced plenty of criticism for the Erat trade. No one could have predicted this, but if Erat is unavailable for the postseason, that criticism will be even worse.

View Comments (19)
  • Jury hearing recording at trial of pair accused of plotting to murder spouses

    The father of an NHL player and his mistress talked about staging a disappearance and a house fire in what the Crown alleges was a plot to murder their respective spouses. Brigitte Vey took the witness stand at the trial of her husband, Curtis Vey, … More »

    The Canadian Press - 1 hour 5 minutes ago
  • Sharks 1 win from first Cup final

    Sharks 1 win from first Cup final

    Patrick Marleau has played more than 1,500 games with the San Jose Sharks since joining the NHL as an 18-year-old draft pick but never one quite like the next one. All those past playoff disappointments that have seemed to define the career of … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 43 minutes ago
  • Pens, Tampa meet in Game 7 of East final

    Pens, Tampa meet in Game 7 of East final

    Sidney Crosby is in no mood to get caught up in his own personal narrative, the one eager to attach whatever happens to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday against Tampa Bay to the superstar's legacy. … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 44 minutes ago
  • Warriors could join list of teams that flopped in playoffs

    Despite finishing the regular season with a record-breaking 73 wins, the Golden State Warriors find themselves one game away from playoff elimination. Down 3-1 against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals after a 118-94 road … More »

    AP - Sports - 2 hours 29 minutes ago
  • Ken Hitchcock's ongoing quest to find the right lineup

    Ken Hitchcock's ongoing quest to find the right lineup

    The Blues have changed lines, strategies and goaltenders multiple times during the Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks. … More »

    Puck Daddy - 2 hours 49 minutes ago