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Capitals defenseman John Karlsson was released from hospital Saturday after taking a slap shot early in the third period against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday.

The Capitals say Karlsson “remains under the care of the team medical staff” and is out indefinitely.

Carlson took a slap from Branden Dillon to his right cheek, bleeding profusely as he retreated to the locker room. As NBC Sports Washington reporter Alan May reports, Carlson left a trail of blood in the locker room from the ice. According to Peter Lavallette, he was taken to the hospital after the game as a precaution. May said on the post-match show that the injury was “superficial” at this point.

Karlsson’s injury marred what was otherwise a dominant performance by the Capitals. Alex Ovechkin scored his 801st and 802nd career goals to pass Gordie Howe for second on the NHL’s all-time scoring list.

“It’s unfortunate that Carly got hurt,” Ovechkin said. “The whole third period, I think guys were thinking about him and him. I hope he is all right. I don’t know what’s going on right now, but all our thoughts are with him.”

“It’s hard that Carly wasn’t here tonight because she’s sitting right next to Ovie and she’s such a loud, vocal song in the locker room,” Laviolette said.

Karlsson, the Capitals’ longtime No. 1 defenseman, missed six games early in the season with a lower-body injury.

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