Another Capitals defenseman is hurt as team faces 3-0 series deficit

Trevor van Riemsdyk is ruled OUT for Game 4
Trevor van Riemsdyk, Washington Capitals
Trevor van Riemsdyk, Washington Capitals / Nic Antaya/GettyImages

The Washington Capitals already were without Nick Jensen and Rasmus Sandin. Then Vincent Iorio. Now they're without Trevor van Riemsdyk thanks to Matt Rempe's hit on the defenseman along the boards in last night's Game 3 defeat. Per the voice of the Hershey Bears, Zach Fisch, on X he noted that the only other Bears defenseman under an NHL contract is Chase Priskie.

TvR did not return to the game. At practice Saturday Rasmus Sandin and Nick Jensen were on the ice for the optional per Bailey Johnson of The Washington Post. Vinny Iorio was on the ice in a non contact sweater. There was no update from Spencer Carbery on Jensen or Sandin. TvR is OUT for Game 4.

Matt Rempe said this on his hit on Trevor van Riemsdyk, per Stephen Whyno of The AP:

""I'm getting on the forecheck. I'm getting in there, and my job's to finish the hits there and be hard on the forecheck. I thought it was a clean hit. It was a quick play. I just went through the body. Obviously you never want anyone to get hurt, and that's terrible that he's hurt and I'm sorry to hear about that. But I think it was a clean hit. I was just trying to play hard, move my feet, and be physical.""

Matt Rempe

Carbery said this about last night's hit after Game 3 via Johnson of The Post:

""I think it's really close, on a bunch of different fronts, from interference, charging, late. It's such a fine line, because the game is so fast and the physicality is such an important part of the game of hockey and the NHL. But there is a line, right? And player safety is a big, big issue with our league and protecting players and the players' onus on them. It's tight. It's really really tight.""


Carbery would also add the following: "I don't know. I haven't heard anything on supplemental discipline or how they're handling that. He just turns. I don't know if there's a set amount of time they put on a stop clock of when a guy gets rid of a puck and then it's one, one thousand, two thousand and bang. But that, yeah. Really close."