Alex Ovechkin Returned to his starting line-up on Monday after missing out on the previous four games due to a lower-body injury. He didn’t last long before being forced to leave again.
Ovechkin skated one 39-second transformation in the Capitals’ 6-3 win over the Rangers as he tried to check out Artemi Panarin and then peel back the ice.Ovechkin’s right-hand skate also messed with Breadman’s Ovechkin. The feeling of discomfort immediately dropped the ice and went down to the locker room in the capital, announcing that he had gone out to play a game.
So what happened?
“He felt great in the morning,” said Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette. “You saw him train before we left. It feels really good in the morning. Going into the warm-up is not very good. We have been shorthanded so it is not as if we were deciding on the lineup.
“He got into the game and in the first shift he was uncomfortable,” Lavy added. “At that point, we weren’t going to push or risk (it) again, I guess we’d feel worse than he felt yesterday. How did he feel about pregame skating? There were no problems, it was not very good to warm up, so he came out for a spin and decided to call it out.
Laviolette was asked if the changes made Ovechkin’s injury worse.
“No, that’s the whole thing,” he said. “If he felt that there was something wrong, he would leave. I don’t know if it’s a 30 second shift “
Laviolette did not provide further updates on Ovechkin’s condition.The capital will be training at noon on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, where we may learn more.
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