WASHINGTON, D.C. — Head coach Peter Laviolette didn’t have an update on Alex Ovechkin, who suffered an upper-body injury in the Washington Capitals’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday.
Early in the third period, Ovechkin found himself on the breakaway and tried to go forehand to backhand. Erik Kallgren tripped the Great 8, who went awkwardly into the boards. He stayed down in visible pain but got up before the trainers could attend to him. He skated off the ice under his own power and did not return.
“I haven’t talked to the trainer yet. So we’ll get an evaluation and see where he’s at,” Laviolette said.
Alex Ovechkin to the dressing room after going awkwardly into the boards pic.twitter.com/E7FWMvU3Cx
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Ovechkin’s ailment comes at a tough time for the Capitals. Washington is still looking to shake up the East playoff picture, and after Sunday’s loss, there are just three more games left in the regular season before the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs kick off the month of May. The 36-year-old leads the Capitals with 50 goals and 90 points this season.
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Still, T.J. Oshie is hopeful that the captain won’t be out long. No. 77 said after the game that he spoke to Ovechkin after the loss and thinks he’ll be okay.
“I’ve never met anyone tougher than that guy. We all hope he’s fine. I just talked to him and I think he’ll be all right. It’s always scary seeing Big 8 go down and lay on the ice. He’s a tough guy. But if there was anyone I’d imagine wouldn’t miss any more time than he needs to, it’d be 8.”