WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington Capitals fans breathed a collective sigh of relief on Sunday, as captain Alex Ovechkin appears to be okay after an injury scare in the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Ovechkin blocked a shot from Mark Giordano and went down in a heap. He was slow to get up and was limping a bit and returned to the bench, where he appeared to be in a bit of discomfort.
Ovechkin was stung by this shot block pic.twitter.com/vcWMhPOmM8
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) April 24, 2022
The 36-year-old remained on the bench, though, and didn’t miss a shift. It’s good news for the Capitals, who have three games left in the regular season before the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs start in May.
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Through 76 games this season, Ovechkin leads Washington with 50 goals and 40 assists. He tied Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky for the most 50-goal seasons (9) by a player in NHL history back on Wednesday. Ovi is at 780 career goals and is 20 away from 800, 22 from passing Gordie Howe and 115 from breaking Wayne Gretzky’s all-time NHL goal-scoring record.