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Ovechkin Misses Capitals Practice, Day-To-Day With Lower-Body Injury

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The Capitals re-signed Ovechkin to a five-year deal.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin did not take the ice for practice on Sunday. Per the team, he is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Ovechkin left Friday’s 5-3 preseason win over Philadelphia following an awkward hit on Travis Konecny. Konecny’s skate appeared to come up as he fell to the ice. He stayed down for a moment before skating off under his own power and heading down the tunnel, appearing to favor his left leg. He did not return to the game.

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Head coach Peter Laviolette said that the team would re-evaluate him on Saturday and that they would likely be cautious.

Teammate T.J. Oshie was confident that the Capitals star would come back with a vengeance.

“There’s always a concern. We were kind of joking in the room there that that Russian blood, he’ll be back soon,” Oshie said after Friday’s victory, adding, “He’s a tough guy. It’s always concerning seeing him lay there, but no doubt he’ll be back scoring goals in no time.”

Ovechkin is starting the first year of a five-year extension that he signed this offseason as he continues to chase Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goals record. He currently sits at 730 tallies, just two shy of passing Marcel Dionne for sole possession of fifth place.

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