Alex Ovechkin returned to the Capitals for the first time in four games, but he has already left the ice.
After taking one shift, Ovechkin left the game and went down to the locker room. Capitals later announced during the first intermission that it would not return due to a lower body injury.
#Caps captain Alex Ovechkin will not be back in the game tonight (lower body) #CapsRangers
– CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) May 3, 2021
Ovechkin appears to be recovering while in the Rangers’ offensive zone. Ovechkin reached out to strike Artemi Panarin in the right shoulder. When he turned to get on the ice, Ovechkin̵
Ovi seemed to know almost immediately that something was wrong, and he slid carefully back to the bench.
The Ovi switch took just 39 seconds for NHL.com.
The “capitals” already play without TJ Oshie (personal reasons), Evgeny Kuznetsov (team team), Justin Schultz (lower body injury) and Ilya Samsonov (team team). The covers will end the match with two forwards (wing and center).
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