Oh No Captain, My Captain: Alex Ovechkin Leaves Game Against Toronto Maple Leafs With Upper-Body Injury

With the 2021-22 NHL regular season nearing an end, the Washington Capitals will soon be looking forward to the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, the collective beats of the Capital One Arena faithful skipped a beat in the third period of their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, as captain Alex Ovechkin left the game with an upper-body injury.

With just a few minutes having passed in the final frame and the Capitals and Maple Leafs tied at 1-1, Ovechkin found himself all alone against Toronto netminder Erik Kallgren. As Ovechkin attempted to backhand the puck past Kallgren, the Leafs’ goalie stuck his stick out, tripping Ovechkin, who crashed shoulder-first into the end-boards.

The Capitals’ captain left for the dressing room and the Capitals announced that the nine-time 50-goal scorer would not return to the game due to an upper-body injury.

After getting to his feet, Ovechkin was clearly unhappy that there was no tripping call on Kallgren and let the officials know his feelings before exiting; during the exchange, Ovechkin could be seen moving both arms.

Peter Laviolette had no update following the game. T.J. Oshie was asked about Ovechkin following the game.

Ovechkin, who had 50 goals and 90 points in 76 Games Played entering tonight’s game, ranks fourth in the NHL in Goals, and recently became the oldest player in league history to score 50 goals in a single season.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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