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“We’ll see what happens in next game” – Alex Ovechkin uncertain for start of Stanley Cup playoffs with Capitals

Alex Ovechkin has missed 25 regular-season games during his 17 NHL seasons because of injury and has never missed a playoff game.

Alex Ovechkin

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin’s status for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs next week is uncertain owing to an upper-body injury. Earlier, the 36-year-old forward did not play against the New York Islanders, which resulted in a 4-1 loss for Washington at Capital One Arena on Tuesday.

The Russian ice hockey player had stated that he’s hopeful to be ready for the start of the playoffs, likely May 2 or May 3. FYI, the Capitals are scheduled to face the Islanders again at UBS Arena in Elmont, New York, on Thursday.

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“I feel pretty good. We’ll see,” Ovechkin told NBC Sports Washington before the game. “I’m not going to say yes or no, but right now we just made a decision to not play (tonight) and we’ll see what’s going to happen in the next game.”

“Alex hopefully returns to the lineup soon”

Alex Ovechkin

The 36-year-old Ovechkin, who was injured during a 4-3 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs last week, didn’t practice on Monday. 

Well, there’s always a concern,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said, as quoted by NHL.com. “This popped up at the end of last year. We ended up dinging up some guys right at the end of the season. We were in a really good spot. We got dinged up a little bit and those things nagged in and you want to go in as healthy as you can and put your best foot forward with a healthy lineup. It was a little bit tough last year with some of the things that happened, but that’s what happens. 

“So like I said, hopefully, Alex returns to the lineup soon and everybody else can stay the course here, get through these games and move on to the playoffs.”

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