File - Washington Capitals\' Tom Poti is seen next to Montreal Canadiens\' Brian Gionta during second period of Game 6 NHL Eastern Conference quarter-finals hockey action Monday, April 26, 2010 in Montreal. Washington Capitals defenceman Tom Poti will miss Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens after getting hit in the eye by a puck. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
ARLINGTON, Va. - Washington Capitals defenceman Tom Poti will miss Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens after getting hit in the eye by a puck.
Coach Bruce Boudreau says Tuesday that Poti has "a pretty significant injury" and could be sidelined two to three weeks?or longer?if the Capitals stay in the playoffs by winning Wednesday night's deciding game of their first-round series.
Poti was hurt in Montreal's 4-1 home victory in Game 6 on Monday night.
Poti is tied for the team lead with four assists this post-season, and he and rookie John Carlson have formed Washington's top defensive pairing against Montreal.
Boudreau also says he has decided on a goalie for Game 7, but he wouldn't announce a starter.
Defenceman Karl Alzner, meanwhile, was recalled from the AHL on Tuesday. He played in 21 regular-season games for Washington this year and had five assists.