WASHINGTON: Alex Ovechkin left the Washington Capitals’ preseason finale towards Philadelphia on Friday evening with what the workforce known as a lower-body harm.
Ovechkin ran into Flyers ahead Travis Konecny halfway by the primary interval after which went all the way down to the ice. Washington’s captain was gradual to stand up and skated off on his personal whereas not placing a lot weight on his left leg
The 36-year-old went down the tunnel as an alternative of remaining on the bench and missed the rest of the interval. The workforce introduced on the first intermission that Ovechkin wouldn’t return.
I believe each groups contact wooden wish to get out of this wholesome,” stated coach Alain Vigneault, whose Flyers got here in banged up. “It begins for actual subsequent week.
The Capitals are already anticipated to start out the season with out high heart Nicklas Backstrom due to a hip harm. Backstrom has not skated in any respect throughout coaching camp.
Ovechkin is starting a $47.5 million, five-year contract and sits one again of Marcel Dionne for fifth on the NHL profession targets checklist. He’s 164 behind Wayne Gretzky for the document.
The Russian winger has proven outstanding sturdiness all through his profession, particularly in mild of his bruising fashion. Ovechkin missed seven of the ultimate eight video games final season with a groin harm extra time than he missed the earlier 10 years mixed.
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