Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette didn’t have any update on his Captain following the Capitals’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night. Ovechkin took a spill in the third period and crashed into the boards. He would ultimately leave the game with an “upper body injury” and not return.
“I think he skated into my stick and tripped on it, so, it was not my intention to trip him,” said Leafs goaltender Erik Kallgren. “Obviously he was frustrated, but I didn’t mean to trip him. I didn’t mean to cause an injury, so I hope he’s fine.”
There was no official update on Ovechkin from the Capitals. “I haven’t talked to the trainer yet, so we’ll get an evaluation on him,” said Peter Laviolette after the game. “We’ll get an evaluation and see where he’s at.”
Capitals forward T.J. Oshie spoke with Ovechkin following the game, and believes he’ll be alright.
“I’ve never met anyone tougher than that guy,” said Oshie. “We all hope he’s fine. I just talked to him and I think he’ll be all right. It’s always scary seeing ‘Big 8’ go down and lay on the ice. He’s a tough guy. But if there was anyone I would imagine wouldn’t miss any more time than he needs to, it’d be ‘8.”’
The Capitals will have the day off on Monday, but will be taking their annual team photo, so Ovechkin will most likely participate. Other than that, it’s likely we wont get much of an update on Ovechkin until the team’s gameday morning skate on Tuesday.
By Jon Sorensen