John Carlson is Okay After Hit from Jake Guentzel, Will Play in Game 6

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson was evaluated Saturday night after taking a high and unsuspecting hit to the head in the final minute of Game 5 from Penguins forward Jake Guentzel. During the team’s day off on Sunday afternoon, Capitals coach Barry Trotz gave an update on Carlson.

Trotz said that Carlson is fine and okay to play in Game 6 on Monday night.

During Trotz’s postgame press conference last night, he did not sound pleased with the hit and said that he expected the league to take a look at it.

 

“I know the standard has been set (with the Tom Wilson suspension) so I’m gonna leave it to the league. It was a headshot in my opinion,” Trotz said at the time.

Despite how the replay looked, the NHL and the NHL Department of Player Safety won’t have a hearing for the Guentzel hit.

Andre Burakovksy is the only injured Capital who is still out. He won’t travel to Pittsburgh with the team, as he’s still recovering from an upper-body injury.

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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