Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich (21) battles for the puck against Montreal Canadiens\' Jaroslav Halak (41), of Slovakia, Ryan O\'Byrne (20) and Tomas Plekanec (14), of the Czech Republic, during the first period of Game 7 of the NHL hockey playoff series, Wednesday, April 28, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
WASHINGTON - After his team's wheels came off in the NHL playoffs, Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich helped a stranded motorist by changing her car's flat tire.
Driving following Washington's 2-1 home loss to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 of their first-round series, Laich pulled over when he saw the stopped car and got out to lend a hand, the Washington Post's website reported Thursday.
The Capitals said they confirmed the story with Laich.
He scored for Washington on Wednesday night, but it wasn't enough: The Capitals became the first top-seeded team eliminated by an eighth-seeded team after taking a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven NHL playoff series.