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

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

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

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.