Breaking: Ovechkin Listed as Day-to-Day with Upper-Body Injury

Alexander Ovechkin

Alexander Ovechkin sustained an upper-body injury in last night’s game vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs and is considered day-to-day. The incident occurred about two minutes into the third period of the game when Ovechkin picked off an Alex Kerfoot pass to send him in alone on a breakaway. As Ovi moved to the backhand, Maple Leafs’ rookie goaltender Erik Kallgren stayed with him to make the save but reached his stick out in the process and caused Ovechkin to trip. Ovechkin went hard into the boards and was slow to get up, appearing to have some discomfort in his left shoulder.

Ovechkin showed some noticeable frustration with the official just before heading off the ice and down the tunnel, feeling as though Kallgren’s poke of the stick should have resulted in a tripping penalty. No penalty was assessed on the play, and the Maple Leafs ended up winning the contest 4-3 in a shootout.

Seeing Alex Ovechkin injured is a rare sight indeed. He has played in 97 percent of Washington’s games since the start of his career nearly 17 years ago. He missed a career-high eleven games last season thanks to a lower-body injury and some time in COVID protocol.

The Capitals have three games remaining in the regular season, so it is not yet confirmed whether or not Ovechkin will play one of the remaining games. Still, given the day-to-day label placed on the injury, it would appear likely that we see Ovechkin back on the ice for game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, at the very least.

Lane Golden

Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Lane is a passionate sports fan who uses an analytical lens to break down and discuss what is going on in the hockey world.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Zegras said What? Arizona vs. Anaheim

If you have any doubts that Trevor Zegras is a big game player? Look no further than tonight’s Anaheim Ducks game versus the Arizona Coyotes. A very physical and vocal match went the distance plus…however the real question is…what did Trevor say? A few thoughts on the altercation between Trevor Zegras and Tony Stecher. We […]

Read More
Avalanche forward Artturi Lehkonen taking a shot while Blues defender Justin Faulk attempts to check him

Avalanche Endure Second-Half Push from Blues

Two Western Conference teams on opposite trajectories collided Saturday afternoon in Denver and nearly experienced a reversal of fortunes. The defending champion Colorado Avalanche beat the trade-seeking St. Louis Blues 4-2. The Avalanche are now 7-1 in the last 14 days with a 33-15 advantage in goals. The Blues have lost four straight games and […]

Read More

LGP 51: Tavares’ 1000th Game, Brodie Returns

The Leafs are back, this time playing against the Capitals in what will be Tavares’ 1000th NHL game. Kerfoot gets a tryout in the second-line center position with Matthews injured, and Anderson gets another chance to prove his value to the team. Woll has been called up to the Leafs to back up Samsonov as […]

Read More