Washington Capitals goaltender Darcy Kuemper pulled himself from Saturday night’s game against the Flames in Calgary. Kuemper exited in the second period following a collision with Flames’ forward Tyler Taffoli.
Taffoli appeared to make contact with Kuemper, possibly elbowing Kuemper in the head, early in the second period. Kuemper would head to the Capitals bench moments later.
the elbow here pic.twitter.com/tm4woYIpYl
— Mike (@mikeFAIL) December 4, 2022
The Capitals announced during the second intermission that Kuemper would not return to the game.
INJURY UPDATE: #Caps Darcy Kuemper (upper body) and Martin Fehervary (upper body) will not return to tonight’s game and will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) December 4, 2022
It was originally speculated that Kuemper may have been pulled by the league’s concussion spotters, but it was later confirmed that Kuemper pulled himself from the game.
Kuemper was not pulled by the concussion spotter after the elbow to the head. He wasn’t feeling right, so he came out. #Caps
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) December 4, 2022
Kuemper logged 36:09 of ice time and stopped 24 of 26 shots he faced for a .923 game save percentage before exiting the game. He will be re-evaluated by the team tomorrow in Edmonton.
The departure of Kuemper came after the team lost defenseman Martin Fehervary to an upper-body injury as well. More here.
Kuemper wasn’t having it 🪓 pic.twitter.com/n5gzAP95pr
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) December 4, 2022
The Capitals made their way to Edmonton immediately following Saturday night’s game in Calgary. They are scheduled to hold practice at Rogers Place in Edmonton at 12:45 MT on Sunday where we could learn more regarding the status of Kuemper.
By Jon Sorensen