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Ovechkin just got the wind knocked out of him, says Caps coach

Mar 15, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin Getty Images

Alex Ovechkin wasn’t hurt after slamming into teammate Mike Knuble during this morning’s practice, said Capitals coach Dale Hunter.

“He’s fine. Just two big guys colliding full speed,” Hunter said, as per the Washington Times. “Just a big collision. It knocks the wind out of you. When you lose your wind, that’s not fun.”

Ovechkin lay on the ice for two minutes following the collision with Knuble. Then after sitting on the bench for a few minutes (looking like this), he left for the dressing room.

The Washington Post’s Tarik El-Bashir doesn’t seem ready to buy the explanation that Ovechkin just got the wind knocked out of him – “Not sure that’s what my eyes saw. But that’s what Hunter said,” tweeted El-Bashir.

Hunter also said the “fine” Ovechkin will make the trip to Winnipeg and is expected to play in tomorrow’s game against the Jets.

  1. jpelle82 - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    when a collision happens in practice is there a league official there to make him go to the dark room? i would say he is fine too if i was his coach, play anyway. if the league doesnt know about it, is it up to the player and staff to lie about it or do whatever they want?

  2. bmoreredfury311 - Mar 15, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    First, good question. Second, i don’t know, but i think it would be up to the couch, player and medical staff to come to that decision. And thirdly, what kind of a D-bag gives a thumb down over a reasonable question, God i hate people sometimes.

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