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.
Alex Ovechkin hobbled off the ice after hitting Travis Konecny. pic.twitter.com/4M3nFl2IoL
— Ryan Gilbert (@RGilbertSOP) October 8, 2021
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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.