Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter
Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) - Washington Capitals will play the next 4 to 6 weeks without forward Andre Burakovsky , who suffered a right hand injury in the first period of their 6-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings Thursday at Verizon Center.
According to coach Barry Trotz , Burakovsky sustained the injury while blocking a shot from Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith.
Burakovsky , who turned 22 Thursday, left Verizon Center with his right hand and wrist wrapped in an Ace bandage.
Trotz said the injury will not require surgery, adding that Burakovsky should return in time for the final push before the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"He'll have plenty of games to get back," Trotz said.
Burakovsky has 11 goals and 18 assists in 51 game this season and had been playing well since returning to the lineup following a three-game stint as a healthy scratch from Dec. 13 to Dec. 17, getting nine goals and 10 assists in 25 games.
"It's part of the game," Trotz said of Burakovsky's injury. "It's part of the process. You can't control that. People get hurt in this game. We've been very fortunate not to have a lot of injuries. It will be a good test."
With Burakovsky out, rookie Zach Sanford will fill his spot at right wing on the third line with Brett Connolly and Lars Eller against the Anaheim Ducks at Verizon Center Saturday.
The Capitals, who lead the NHL with 82 points, have won five in a row overall and 11 consecutive home games.
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