Peter Laviolette has no official update on Alex Ovechkin injury after Toronto loss – NBC4 Washington
No official update on Ovechkin’s injury after Toronto loss originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Alex Ovechkin left Sunday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs with an upper body injury in the third period and did not return. Ovechkin lost control of the puck on a breakaway and goaltender Erik Kallgren reached for his stick and Ovechkin tripped over it and hit his shoulder hard against the boards.
Head coach Peter Laviolette had no update after the game.
“I haven’t spoken to the coach yet, so we’ll have an evaluation from him,” Laviolette said.
Ovechkin stayed on the ice for a long period of time, only getting up when the game was called off. After first holding his arm, he then extended and rotated his arm as he skated towards the bench, expressing his annoyance at the non-calling of the referees as he descended the tunnel towards the locker room.
Although there was no official team update, TJ Oshie said he spoke with Ovechkin after the game.
“I just spoke to him and I think he’ll be fine,” Oshie said. “It’s always scary to see Big 8 fall and lie on the ice. He’s a badass. But if there was someone who I imagine wouldn’t miss more time than he doesn’t need it, that would be 8.”
Ovechkin’s absence was noticeable in overtime when the power-play unit looked uncomfortable with a chance to win the game. Toronto was called for too many men on the ice and the Caps sent Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov and John Carlson.
While there was plenty of talent among those four, without the primary weapon on the ice, the power play fell flat and couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity.
“We’re used to having two right-handers up top and me behind the back door, Oshie said. “…I think it changes the dynamic a bit.”
“There is definitely an impact of not having [Ovechkin] on the ice,” Laviolette said. “That’s where he’s at his best when he can find time and space with the extra striker.
The Caps would lose Sunday’s game 4-3 in a shootout.
More important than just missing a second point, however, will be the team’s playoff prospects.
Washington’s regular season finale is Friday against the New York Rangers, and the playoffs are scheduled to begin Monday or Tuesday the following week. That doesn’t give Ovechkin much time to recover from the lingering effects of Sunday’s upper body injury.
Ovechkin has been limited to 45 of 56 games in 2020-21 due to injury and has played in just two of the team’s last nine games. He played in all five playoff games as Washington was sent in the first round by the Boston Bruins. Ovechkin has two goals and two assists in this series.
All eyes will be on Ovechkin this week to see if he has avoided serious injury.
“I’ve never met anyone tougher than this guy,” Oshie said. “We all hope he’s okay.”