Keith Aucoin glad to be back in Washington
Keith Aucoin was among the last players to come off the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex after the morning skate, partly because he was savoring every moment of having been recalled to the Capitals in light of injuries to fellow centers Marcus Johansson and Mathieu Perreault.
Aucoin's journey back to the NHL has taken longer than the reigning AHL MVP would have preferred after a left knee injury on Nov. 7 while playing for Hershey forced him to miss an extended stretch for the first time in his career.
"It was kind of a slow process," said Aucoin, who found out about his call-up yesterday afternoon around 2. "I had no timetable because nobody knew how long it would take, and it was two weeks before I could even move my big toe, so it's kind of frustrating. I've never been hurt before, so it was a new experience for myself, and hopefully I don't have to go through that again. The doctor said it could be as much as three months. I'm back a little early, so it's good."
The also timing couldn't be better for the Capitals, who will be without Johansson and Perreault tonight. Johansson did not participate in the morning skate and is nursing an undisclosed injury. Perreault, meantime, did participate and was one of the last three players off the ice, along with D.J. King and an ailing Tom Poti. All three players worked on shooting drills with assistant coaches and goalie Michal Neuvirth before finishing up with conditioning drills.
Perreault is out with a broken nose, suffered when he absorbed a hit from Carolina's Tim Gleason on Sunday. He got x-rays yesterday that revealed the fracture but also confirmed that there was no head trauma.
"I should be back in the lineup not tonight, but the next game," said Perreault, who has a gash of several inches running along the left side of his nose. "I practiced today hard, and I felt good."
| December 28, 2010; 3:08 PM ET
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