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Ovechkin Suffers Upper-Body Injury, Leaves Capitals’ Tilt With Leafs

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Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will not return to Sunday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs after suffering an upper-body injury early in the third period.

Ovechkin went on a breakaway and appeared to trip over Erik Kallgren’s stick. He fell awkwardly into the boards and stayed down in visible discomfort. The athletic trainer came out to attend to The Great 8, who got up and skated to the bench under his own power. He immediately went down the dressing room tunnel.

The 36-year-old had suffered an injury scare earlier in the game on a blocked shot but didn’t miss a shift.

It is unclear how serious the injury is, but it comes at an unideal time for the Capitals. Washington is still looking to shake up the East playoff picture, and after Sunday, there are just three more games left in the regular season before the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs kick off the month of May.

Through 76 games this season, Ovechkin has led the way with 50 goals and 40 assists. He is among the NHL’s scoring leaders and is 20 goals away from 800 in his career.

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