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Ovechkin leaves practice after eight minutes (Updated)

Feb 22, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

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Concerning news for Caps fans who don’t need to be any more concerned – Alex Ovechkin left practice this morning in Ottawa after eight minutes with a possible injury. His status for tonight’s game against the Senators is unknown.

Via the Washington Post:

While he was on the ice, Ovechkin appeared to be testing something out. Just before he went back down the tunnel he tried to gather speed and explode through the neutral zone but after a few strides had to pull up. He skated over to the bench immediately and left the ice.

… Ovechkin was seen limping after Monday’s 5-0 loss to Carolina and may have suffered an injury in that contest during which he only played 15 minutes 43 seconds. The team attributed his limited ice time to an equipment problem and has not officially acknowledged that Ovechkin is injured.

Yesterday Ovechkin took a “maintenance day,” another clue he may be hurting.

The Capitals are already without top center Nicklas Backstrom (concussion), and though it’s hard to believe Ovechkin is seriously injured, if he’s hurt at all, tonight is a big game against one of the teams Washington is hoping to chase down for a playoff spot. An outright Ottawa win and the Sens would move nine points up on the Caps.

Update (12:54 p.m. ET):

Ovechkin’s got an upper-body injury and will be a game-time decision.

“I don’t feel pretty good right now, we’ll see how it goes before the game,” he said.

  1. solador78 - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Oh just trade him to Columbus already.

  2. t16rich - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Defensive practise?

  3. jpelle82 - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    blessing in disguise…watch them win without him.

  4. hawknuts - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    ewing theory

  5. lsxphotog - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    The Caps season has been a let down for sure. Lots of conflicts going on over there.

  6. sportsfreak13 - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    If he doesn’t play at least his linemates wouldn’t have to worry about him stealing the puck off them.

    • federovs4skn - Feb 22, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      hes no henrik zetterburg who won the scoring title

      • sportsfreak12 - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:00 PM

        Mike Halford!! i dont agree with this, this guy is clearly ruining my life and I cannot take it, GRRRRRRRRRR. i want immediate action ASAP!!!

  7. danphipps01 - Feb 22, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    It says a lot that when I first looked at the headline, I assumed he had thrown yet another tantrum and stormed out. Injury only occurred to me afterward. And I’d be surprised if I was the only one.

    • federovs4skn - Feb 22, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      danphipps i agree to disagree, i believe he really threw a tantrum and stormed off the bench because the coach said somethin that was vulgar, he completley offended him and left the game. i think the nhl needs to step in and take a closer look at what the coach has done in previous years. AND maybe do a background check on him too! who knows? he may be a child molester for all we know!

    • stakex - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      Why would it suprise you if you were the only one? When has Ovechkin every thrown a fit and left practice or a game? Never, and it would be a huge shock for ANY player to storm out of practice after just eight minutes for anything but an injury.

  8. skezskoz - Feb 22, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    OVECH-TRICK, OVECH-TRICK!

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