The Washington Capitals will be without left winger Alex Ovechkin after the 36-year-old star suffered a lower-body injury during his team’s match against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night. According to the Capitals, Ovechkin’s injury will be further examined soon.
Ovechkin bumped into Flyers forward Travis Konecny in the first period, after which he collapsed on the ice. After being slow to arise, Ovechkin was unable to place his weight on his left leg and had no choice but to sit out of the remainder of his team’s 3-5 victory.
Capitals coach Peter Laviolette had the following to say on the incident: “Any time a player leaves the ice you’re concerned. They’re going to re-evaluate him tomorrow and assess him for practice the next day. I think that’s where it’s at right now.”
In addition to Ovechkin, the Capitals are expected to be without top center Nicklas Backstrom at the start of the season due to the player suffering from a hip injury.
Ovechkin is at the start of a brand new, $47.5 million, five-year contract. He also happens to be the fifth-highest point scorer on the NHL career goals list.