Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin participated in the team’s optional morning skate Tuesday morning. The Capitals wrap-up their regular season schedule tonight when they host the Boston Bruins at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM.
Alex Ovechkin (lower-body) is on the ice for the Capitals’ optional morning skate ahead of their game vs Boston tonight. Will see his status for the game in a bit.
— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) May 11, 2021
Ovechkin has missed 11 games this season due to injury and COVID-19, the most he has ever missed in a single campaign.
He last played just 39 seconds against the New York Rangers on May 3 before he exited the game and did not return. That was his lone shift in the past eight games.
Ovechkin was originally listed “day-to-day” on Friday, April 23, with a lower body injury that he sustained in the third period of the Capitals first game with the Islanders on April 22. He appeared to pull up (right leg) as he rushed the puck through the neutral zone with 2:49 remaining in regulation.
Ovechkin ultimately did not skate in the overtime period but remained on the bench. He did not participate in the Capitals’ optional practice the following day and would miss the next four games before giving it a try last Monday.
The Capitals open the 2021 NHL playoffs against the Boston Bruins with the first game set for this Saturday at 7:15 PM.
By Harrison Brown