ARLINGTON, V.A. — After taking part in team photo day and being listed as day-to-day on Monday, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin didn’t take the ice for the team’s morning skate as he deals with an upper-body injury. His status for Tuesday’s game against the New York Islanders is unknown at this time.
Washington will honor the Great 8 in a pregame ceremony on Tuesday for passing Jaromir Jagr for sole possession of third on the NHL’s all-time goals list back in March.
Ovechkin was injured in Sunday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 36-year-old was on the breakaway and trying to finish a forehand-to-backhand move when Erik Kallgren tripped him with the stick. Ovechkin then went awkwardly into the boards and stayed down. The trainer came out to attend to Ovechkin, but the left-wing got to his feet and skated off under his own power. He went immediately down the tunnel and did not return.
On team photo day, Ovechkin was in full uniform and in good spirits. He helped owner Ted Leonsis across the ice to his seat and spoke with his teammates and coaches. It was hard to get an assessment of his status from the team photo. However, he wasn’t doing much with his left arm.
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The injury comes at a tough time for the Capitals. Washington is still in the throes of a Metropolitan Division race and has a chance to shake up the East standings with three games left in the regular season. The 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs then kick off the month of May. Ovechkin leads the Capitals in scoring with 50 goals and 90 points through 77 games this season. He is also among the NHL scoring leaders.
Ovechkin is also looking to continue his goal-scoring quest. He is 20 goals away from 800. In the bigger picture, he is 22 goals away of passing Gordie Howe and 115 from breaking Wayne Gretzky’s all-time record.