Alex Ovechkin scored his eighth goal of the season Wednesday night in the Capitals’ 7-1 win over the Penguins. He also gave the Capitals a bit of a scare in the second period after going down hard.
Ovechkin got tangled up with Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang, who was assessed a tripping penalty on the play, and landed on his arms. The Capitals’ captain went to the dressing room to get checked by team’s medical staff, then returned about three minutes later.
After the game, both Barry Trotz and Ovechkin declined to specify which body part was affected.
“I think he’s okay,” Trotz said. “Somewhere on his body he’s a little sore today. He got tangled up there trying to cut laterally. Hopefully there’s nothing too serious there. He came back and seemed to be no worse for wear.”
Ovechkin indicated that it’s nothing to be worried about.
“It’s okay,” he said. “Sometimes when you [fall] on something and hit the nerves, you just feel numb. We just wanted to make sure everything is fine.”
Asked if everything is indeed fine, he cracked: “I come back, [so] yeah.”
One game after skating just 14:12, Ovechkin played on a line with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Andre Burakovsky and skated 18:38. He recorded four hits, three shots and his first goal in five games.
Asked whether the offensive outburst could be important for the team going forward, Ovechkin said it couldn’t have come at a better time.
“Yeah, of course,” Ovechkin said. “Mentally it was important. We played against the Stanley Cup champion. We understand it’s a huge game for us mentally-wise and point-wise. …It gives us a little [room to] breathe. But again, it’s only one game.”
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