ARLINGTON, V.A. — Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was in high spirits on Friday, sporting a hoodie and his usual smile after a productive practice on Friday.
The 36-year-old returned to the ice for the Capitals’ final skate before traveling to New York after missing Thursday’s practice for precautionary reasons due to an upper-body injury.
When asked about his ailment and status as Washington prepares for a back-to-back against New York and Vancouver over the next two days.
“Why you think it’s upper body? I don’t know, maybe it’s upper, maybe it’s under my body,” he joked.
Ovechkin skated on the top line with Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie at Friday’s practice and said he’ll see how he feels tomorrow before he decides whether or not to lace ’em up against the Isles.
On a more serious note, the Russian added that his injury did not happen in Monday’s game but is one that has been bothering him for a bit. He has not missed a game this season and ranks third in the NHL in scoring with 52 points through 37 games.
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Not only has he been able to stay consistent, but Ovechkin also continues to make history, sitting fourth on the NHL’s all-time goals list (754) and breaking the league’s all-time power-play goals record (275).
“It doesn’t matter how season goes. You don’t want to get hurt, you don’t want to feel any pain in your body,” Ovechkin noted.
Head coach Peter Laviolette said that he thought Ovechkin looked good at Friday’s practice but will let the captain make the call on whether or not he feels well enough to play.
“It’s his body and he’s the one who’s dealing with it,” Laviolette explained. “So he made it through today and that’s a good thing. He came out there, he looked good. We’ll see how it goes.”