Beck Malenstyn out after broken finger surgery

Washington Capitals forward Beck Malenstyn underwent surgery Thursday to stabilize a broken finger in his left hand, the team announced Friday. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

Malenstyn was injured on Tuesday in Washington lost in overtime to the Vegas Golden Knights. He dived to block a first-half shot and was clearly rattled. Malenstyn bent over in pain on the bench before heading out to the locker room. He did not return to the game.

Washington (5-5-2) placed Malenstyn on Thursday’s injured list, and it will remain there for the foreseeable future. The team’s injury list is long, with Nicklas Backstrom (hip), Tom Wilson (knee), Carl Hagelin (eye, hip), Connor Brown (knee), TJ Oshie (upper body) and John Carlson (lower body) all out of range.

Malenstyn’s injury came at an unfortunate time. The 24-year-old had found a house on the fourth line along with Nic Dowd and Garnet Hathaway for a strong five-game streak, providing a much-needed boost of speed and physicality. Malenstyn has one goal and one assist in five games. He was originally recalled from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League on October 19 after Brown’s lower body injury.

Without Malenstyn in the lineup Thursday night in Detroit, the Capitals chose to put winger Joe Snively on the fourth line with Dowd and Hathaway. Snively finished with 12:17 of ice time and recorded two shots on goal in his fourth game of the season.

It’s unclear if Snively will continue in his new fourth-line role on Saturday when the Capitals open their four-game home run against the Arizona Coyotes. If the Washington coaching staff decides to make Snively a healthy scrap, forward Sonny Milano could make his Washington debut. Milano was recalled — along with forward Garrett Pilon and defenseman Lucas Johansen — Thursday from Hershey.

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