Alex Ovechkin returned to the squad on Monday after missing the previous four games due to a lower body injury. It didn’t take long before he was forced to leave again.
Ovechkin skated with a 39-second shift in the 6-3 victory of the Capitals over Rangers. As he tried to check on Artemi Panarin and then peel off the ice, Ovechkin’s right skate became awkwardly confused with the bread. Ovechkin, uncomfortable, immediately left the ice and went down to the locker room, where the Capitals announced that he was out for the game.
And what happened?
“He was feeling really good in the morning,” said Capitals head coach Peter Laviolet. “You saw him train before we left.” I felt really good in the morning. I got into warmups, not so good. We’ve already been laid off, so it’s not like we decided on a lineup.
“He came into the game and didn’t feel comfortable in the first shift,” Lavi added. “At this point, we will not push or take risks again. I guess we were more out of his feelings yesterday. How he felt in skate before the game. There were no problems. It wasn’t that good in warmups, so he went out to spin and decided to undo it. “
Laviolet was asked if the shift worsened Ovechkin’s injury.
“No. That was the whole thing,” he said. “If he felt something he didn’t feel normal, then he would come down. I don’t know it was a 30-second shift.”
Laviolette did not provide an additional update on Ovechkin’s condition. The capitals will train at noon on Tuesday in Madison Square Garden, where we can learn more.
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