TORONTO â€” Capitals defenceman Karl Alzner missed Game 3 of Washington's first-round playoff series with the Toronto Maple Leafs due to an upper-body injury.
The 28-year-old from Burnaby, B.C., was a game-time decision after missing Monday's morning skate.
The Caps said Alzner was day-to-day. Nate Schmidt took his place and was expected to line up with John Carlson.
Alzner rarely sits out. He has played 540 consecutive regular-season games since Oct. 8, 2010, the fifth-longest active streak in the NHL, and 59 straight playoff games.
The Leafs-Caps series was tied at one game apiece going into Monday's contest. Game 4 is Wednesday in Toronto.
The Canadian Press