Montreal Canadiens defenceman Xavier Ouellet exited Thursday’s win over the Washington Capitals in the first period with an upper-body injury and did not return.

Ouellet went to the dressing room after taking a hard hit into the boards from Washington Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway.  

The 26-year-old has appeared in seven games this season for the Canadiens and registered one assist.

Ouellet played 1:04 of Thursday’s game and had one shot on goal before he was forced out of the action.