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Ovechkin likely to play Tuesday versus Isles

Nov 4, 2013, 3:56 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals warms up before the game against the Edmonton Oilers at the Verizon Center on October 14, 2013 in Washington, DC.
(October 13, 2013 - Source: Greg Fiume/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

From our friends at CSN Washington:

After sitting out the last two games with an upper body injury, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was back on the ice for practice on Monday, taking part in full contact drills.

“It looks like I’m probably going to play tomorrow [against the visiting New York Islanders],” Ovechkin said, “and I’m happy to be back.”

Ovechkin, who is tied for third in the NHL with 10 goals, was injured last Monday night when he crashed into Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo on a first-period breakaway.

The Caps did well in the two games without their captain and leading goal-scorer. They hammered the Flyers, 7-0, on Friday and beat Florida, 3-2 in a shootout, Saturday.

“They don’t need me,” Ovechkin joked. “They win two games. It’s kind of scary to go back to a line and mess with the lines. We’ll see.”

  1. steelers88 - Nov 4, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Wow I never though I’d see the day were Crosby so far has played more games than Ovechkien.

    • babykaby - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      Funny. However, give it time, Crosby has yet to make it through a full season. Sid always wants to be well rested and have fresh legs for the playoffs.

  2. watermelon1 - Nov 5, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    The sad thing is… While it’s not ovechkin a fault… The rest of the team does seen to try harder when he’s not on the ice.

    Hopefully these last two games gave them the confidence to try harder even when he gets back.

    That grasp ski line is awesome.

  3. vbcaps - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Obv I’m going to be partial being a caps fan…

    But you got to admit OV comment at the end of the article about “the caps don’t need him” after they won the last 2 games is pretty funny

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