Johnson sprains knee, Ovechkin gets stitches in losing effort

Updated: December 28, 2007, 12:12 AM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Washington Capitals backup goalie Brent Johnson sprained his left knee late in the first period of a 4-3 overtime loss in Pittsburgh on Thursday night and will be out at least a week.

The Capitals also played most of the third period without star Alexander Ovechkin, who needed a several stitches to close a cut on his leg. Ovechkin, whose 26th goal had given Washington a 3-2 lead, played only about 1½ minutes in the final period even though his injury was minor.

"It took the doctor so long to get down here [the bench], we couldn't get him back on the ice," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He got a couple of stitches. It is something that you have to get done."

Boudreau doesn't expect Ovechkin to miss any games.

Johnson was hurt as Pittsburgh's Colby Armstrong scored a fluke goal that briefly put the Penguins up 2-1, throwing a no-look backhand pass along the goal line that deflected off defenseman Milan Jurcina's stick and into the net. Johnson, who was helped off the ice, was replaced by No. 1 goalie Olaf Kolzig, who couldn't hold a 3-2 lead late in the third period.

Johnson, making his 10th start, is 3-4-1 this season.

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