Alex Ovechkin injury: Capitals star leaves game vs. Maple Leafs with upper-body injury

The Washington Capitals protected an area in the playoffs previously this month and are wanting to go up from the 2nd Wild Card area, now there’s a variable included that the group wasn’t depending on: possibly lacking star winger Alex Ovechkin.

During the 3rd duration of Sunday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ovechkin was required to leave after crashing into the boards. The group is stating he has an upper-body injury.

The Capitals star did not return and now his status doubts moving forward. Here’s a take a look at the play that left Ovi hurt:

Early in the 3rd duration, Ovechkin tripped over Maple Leafs goaltender Erik Kallgren stick after losing out on scoring a breakaway objective. On the play, Ovechkin might be seen crashing shoulder initially into the boards and stayed on the ice for numerous minutes following the crash.

“I think he skated into my stick and tripped on it, so, it was not my intention to trip him,” Kallgren stated. “Obviously he was frustrated, but I didn’t I mean to trip him. I didn’t mean to cause an injury, so I hope he’s fine.”

“I haven’t talked to the trainer yet, so we’ll get an evaluation on him,” Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette stated following Sunday’s video game, according to ESPN. “We’ll get an evaluation and see where he’s at.”

Ovechkin did get up and skate off the ice under his power. Once getting here to the Washington bench, he instantly went to the locker space to be examined.

Entering Monday, the Capitals discover themselves in the 2nd Wild Card area in the Eastern Conference with 3 video games staying on their routine season schedule. The Capitals were simply one point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 3rd playoff area in the Metropolitan Division, who lost to the Philadelphia Flyers previously in the day.

The Capitals have 2 video games versus the New York Islanders and one versus the New York Rangers to end up out the routine season. Now it’s uncertain if Ovechkin will have the ability to return prior to the playoffs getting underway.

Ovechkin has actually had a significant season in which he’s scored 50 objectives for the ninth time in his NHL profession. It’s a task that connected him for the most 50-goal seasons in NHL history with legends Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy.

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