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Report: Ovechkin played last two games of Rangers series with fractured foot

May 16, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

Washington captain Alex Ovechkin played Games 6 and 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal against New York with a hairline fracture in his left foot, according to the Washington Post.

Ovechkin, who was roundly criticized for his poor production as the series progressed, went scoreless over the final two games and had just one shot on goal in an ugly 5-0 loss in Game 7.

Speculation suggests the Hart Trophy nominee suffered the injury blocking two shots by Rangers’ defenseman Ryan McDonagh early in Game 6, shown here:

Here’s more, from the Post:

Skating could not make the injury worse, the source said, so Ovechkin played with it through the rest of Game 6 and Game 7 against the Rangers. The fracture will only require rest to heal, the source said.

Ovechkin, who recorded one goal and one assist in the first round series, took a combined six shots on goal and was credited with 16 hits in those two games combined. He skated 19:03 and 19:08 in Games 6 and 7, respectively, his lowest ice times of the series.

The severity of the injury will be questioned, given Ovechkin left Washington shortly after the Game 7 loss to join Team Russia at the World Hockey Championships.

Ovechkin played in Thursday’s quarterfinal loss to the Americans, scoring one goal and chipping in with an assist.

  1. jj9979 - May 16, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    How many excuses does this loser have stored up?

  2. jkay1818 - May 16, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    sorry, this might work on himself and caps fans making excuses, but I’m not buying this garbage for a minute. This guy wouldn’t shut up in various interviews and not once did he mention a bad foot. The guy was filled with oodles of excuses and had no shame sounding like a clown. You would think in one of his interviews he would have mentioned his bad foot. He should give his PR team a nice raise after coming up with this. No one is buying into this, are they?
    I love how it’s coming from a “source” and not even himself or someone on the washington medical staff. This is perfect, so in 6 months from now, the excuse will be “well he was playing on a bad foot” His foot was so bad he flew to go play for russia. You would think someone that got injured in the playoffs would say, i hurt my foot, i’m done. Instead he goes to play for russia, his team gets smoked, he’s done with hockey on all levels.
    How ironic, he talks about conspiracy theories and other nonsense and then this emerges. Get real.
    The only thing that will happen are caps fans will believe him and best of all, don’t expect this guy to block shots again. He’s done giving up himself in that department.

  3. rpiotr01 - May 16, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    That’s the excuse for his poor play on the ice, now what’s the excuse for his paranoid referee conspiracy theories? A fractured brain?

  4. banger60 - May 16, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    I call complete bullsh*t on this one, what’s next severe gas pains, bad vodka etc.

  5. Stiller43 - May 16, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    It may be believable if he didnt go right to the IIHF and have two points there earlier today. Why’s he playing (and playing effectively) a couple days later?

  6. barkar942 - May 16, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Oh- so that explains this glide.
    Derek Stepan goal Capitals/Rangers 5/8/2013 - Created at
    Oh, my bad. This was game 4 before he bwoke his wittle foot!
    I guess this is just because he was laz……..I mean tired.

  7. jpelle82 - May 16, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    exactly, if its a fracture it must not affect him because he was flying around just fine

  8. tfaltin - May 16, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Remember he did block two shots at one point in game 5. That’ll be the last shot he intentionally blocks.

    • tfaltin - May 16, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      And I definitely posted that without acknowledging the video. I’m that guy.

  9. Sabresfan2013 - May 16, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    WOW this guy has more excuses than a desert has sand. I guess the fractured foot really stopped him from competing in the IIHF and scoring a goal today as well. what a joke!

  10. dabutcha114 - May 16, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Next time you go to the bar ask for a Ovechkin……it’s a White Russian with no ice or cup….lets go Rangers!!!!

  11. bronxsanman - May 16, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    He broke his foot stamping it at the referees for more power plays

  12. billobrienschindimple - May 16, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Hey but cha, at least credit me if your gonna steal my joke!

  13. opticdeannn - May 16, 2013 at 4:06 PM


  14. hockeyflow33 - May 16, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    It seems like people didn’t grasp that Ovechkin never mentioned thins

  15. cspsrbums - May 16, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Yea he is out making excuses to impress u clowns he gets payed either way. Whos do you all think you are. Your trolls

  16. banger60 - May 16, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    bums, your sister just told me the same about you!!!

  17. larrybiv - May 16, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Of course he flew to Russia, you didn’t think he’d “walk” or skate with a fracture ……did you?

    Oh and btw……why is this a story? And……who cares?

  18. 2jivecrew - May 16, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    LOL every year we about some phantom injury to Ovie after the Caps get bounced. We need to make a check list of events that happen every time the Caps lose early in the playoffs:

    1. Complain about the officiating – Check
    2. Make vague claims about some phantom league conspiracy against the Caps – Check
    3. Vomit out a story about phantom injuries to star player – Check

    Although this year we have a new entry…..head coach challenges critics to fight. LOL…….this franchise.

    • ziplock10 - May 17, 2013 at 5:29 AM

      Lets just say he did what Mike Milbury would do.(WWMMD) Complain about the ref-ing.

  19. ziplock10 - May 17, 2013 at 5:27 AM

    OVI cannot win for losing. He brought up the whole ref thing because they stunk! First call of game 3 was for roughing and all he did was finish a check 1.5 seconds after the puck was passed.

    Lets just say he did what Mike Milbury would do.(WWMMD) Complain about the ref-ing.

    That being said, his foot was broken but he battled on. What’s the football equivalent? Rub a little ice on it? Sill not good enough?

    The Caps lost to atleast an equal team. Lunquist was on his head.

    But it’s still OVI’s fault.

  20. hockeydon10 - May 17, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Jesus, this crap still?

    Look, I’m not a Caps fan, and even I can see that that Caps finished with a single friggen point more than the Rangers. While playing in the Southeast Division.

    Let that sink in.

    The Rangers had 56 points playing in the Atlantic while the Caps had 57 points playing in the Southeast. The Caps were not a 3-seed except for that stupid rule combined with very weak divisional competition. The Rangers were a better team and proved it.

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