The Washington Capitals announced Monday morning that team captain Alex Ovechkin is listed “day-to-day” with an upper body injury. Ovechkin was injured in the third period of Sunday nights game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
#Caps captain Alex Ovechkin sustained an upper-body injury on Sunday versus Toronto and is listed as day-to-day.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) April 25, 2022
Ovechkin sustained his injury after being tripped by the Maple Leafs goaltender Erik Kallgren on a rush, causing Ovechkin to slide into the boards. He would leave the ice under his own power but not return to the game.
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