Holtby works out after stick to eye

Winnipeg Sun - - SPORTS -

Wash­ing­ton Capi­tals goal­tender Braden Holtby worked out fully Sun­day morn­ing, ap­par­ently no worse for wear after Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets for­ward Cam Atkin­son in­ad­ver­tently wedged his stick through a hole in Holtby’s mask, in­jur­ing his left eye on Satur­day.

Holtby didn’t re­turn to the game, and it’s un­clear if he’ll start against the St. Louis Blues on Mon­day, the first game of a back-to-back set, but Capi­tals head coach Todd Reirden said the team doesn’t in­tend to re­call an­other net­min­der, in­di­cat­ing Holtby is at least healthy enough to dress.

Wash­ing­ton could choose to start Pheonix Cop­ley against the Blues and then have Holtby in net against the Nashville Preda­tors on Tues­day.

“Ob­vi­ously any­thing with your eyes is a lit­tle scary,” Holtby said. “It’s for­tu­nate that it wasn’t any­thing too se­ri­ous. You just move on . ... I didn’t have the sight to keep go­ing. I just wouldn’t have been a ben­e­fit to the team. it was one of those things. Eyes heal quickly, so just 24 hours and I’ll be back to nor­mal.”


Rick Nash, who was the first star player of the Colum­bus fran­chise, con­ducted the cer­e­mo­nial face­off be­fore the Blue Jack­ets played the New York Rangers on Sun­day. The 34-year-old Nash re­tired this week after 15 sea­sons be­cause of con­cus­sion is­sues.

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