The Washington Capitals got a 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night, but they lost yet another player to injury. Right winger Matt Bradley suffered a broken finger, and he's expected to miss the next 2-4 weeks, according to Washington Capitals team beat reporter Mike Vogel.
#Caps right wing Matt Bradley will miss 2-4 weeks (and Winter Classic) with a broken finger. Opportunity knocks for Beagle/Gordon.
Bradley's absence will mean more time for Andrew Gordon, who scored his first NHL goal on Tuesday, and Jay Beagle. He becomes the second key member of the team to miss the 2010 NHL Winter Classic against Pittsburgh. Defensemen Jeff Schultz has a thumb injury and will not play in the game.
Bradley is not a big point producer, but Capitals fans appreciate him for his ability to add grit and intangibles to a team that often lacks them. Bradley has two goals and four assists in 15 games for the Capitals this season. He has already missed several games with lower body injuries, but this is an entirely new ailment.