Mike Babcock said Roman Polak is out for he season. Brutal— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 16, 2017
With the score at 2-1 for Washington, Roman Polak collided with Brooks Orpik near the Leafs’ bench, and then he left the ice in obvious pain only with assistance. The collision looked like an accidental knee on knee, and judging from Polak’s reaction, this is serious.
NSFL knee injury. Watch Polak's right leg pic.twitter.com/ifZpDM5XS5— CAPITALS HILL (@CapitalsHill) April 16, 2017
Recently Mike Babcock praised his ability to play after a recent injury in the regular season, and said he doesn’t seem to feel pain. Perhaps it’s more true to say that he doesn’t show that he does.
With the current injury to Nikita Zaitsev that’s two of the top right-shooting defenders out of action.
Zaitsev, all by himself pic.twitter.com/glKVp5DHsi— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) April 15, 2017
Zaitsev hasn’t appeared at practice yet, so if Polak is out, and it looks like he might be, the next man up is Alexey Marchenko.