Capitals defenseman Steven Oleksy loses skate blade, can't skate

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(WJLA) - Playing hockey is difficult enough, what with the checking and the speed and the grace it takes to succeed.

Oleksy's broken skate forced him to hop all the way to Washington's bench. Photo: Sportsnet West/NHL

Now, try doing it with a malfunctioning skate. Washington Capitals defenseman Steven Oleksy had to do it Monday night in Vancouver.

In the first period of Washington's 3-2 loss to the Canucks, the blade on Oleksy's left skate detached from the boot, leaving the second-year defenseman to literally hop to the bench for assistance.

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