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Ovechkin explains why he's missing All-Star Game: 'Tell them sorry'


Ovechkin explains why he's missing All-Star Game: 'Tell them sorry'

With their sights set on a “bigger prize” and their captain ailing from an undisclosed injury, the Capitals have decided to keep captain Alex Ovechkin from playing in the NHL All-Star Game this Sunday in Nashville and are willing to lose their star left wing to a one-game suspension because of it.

Trotz said Ovechkin has been dealing with an injury since November and Ovechkin said a weekend snowstorm that forced the postponement of two games didn’t help matters.

“Obviously, being selected captain, I’ve never been a captain in an All-Star game, it’s a huge honor,” Ovechkin said Wednesday night following the Caps’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Flyers.

“But we talk about it the last couple weeks and last week it was very serious. Should I go? Should I not go?

“The snowstorm came and we felt like maybe it would help, but it doesn’t. I was cleaning some snow on my house. It was my bad decision.

“But anyway, thanks to fans for voting for me. Tell them sorry, but right now we’re focused to get ready for the rest of the year and be healthy in the playoffs. That’s the most important thing.”

Ovechkin said he’s concerned that if he does not pay attention to his injury now it may linger for the remainder of the season and playoffs.

“That’s why we talked about it,” Ovechkin said. “That’s why we make a decision. It’s a huge opportunity to be captain of the team and the fans vote for me.

“It was a hard decision to make, it was a last-second decision. We tried to battle through it and maybe it gets better but it stayed the same. I have to be ready for the rest of the year. Get healthy. We have good chance to have success and I want to be part of it.”

As punishment for missing this weekend’s festivities, Ovechkin will be forced to sit out Tuesday’s home game against the Florida Panthers on a one-game suspension. 

[RELATED: Caps' Alex Ovechkin to sit out NHL All-Star Game in Nashville]

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3 stars of the game: A lethargic loss in Philadelphia


3 stars of the game: A lethargic loss in Philadelphia

Playing three games in four days takes a toll on even the fittest athletes, and it was their sluggish start that doomed the Capitals in a 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. 

After being noncomittal about his starting goalie all weekend, Coach Barry Trotz put Philipp Grubauer in net. Grubauer ended up making 29 saves on 34 shots. Offensively, the Caps got goals from Alex Ovechkin, Chandler Stephenson, and John Carlson. Carlson's third period goal cut the Flyers' lead to two with a little over three minutes to go, but a Jakub Voracek empty-netter a few moments later was the nail in the coffin. 

Here are your three stars from the game: 

1. Travis Boyd had the play of the game for the Capitals. Boyd carried the puck into the Flyer's zone, cut through multiple defenders and fired a slick shot to a streaking Ovechkin, who burried the puck in the back of the net. Check it out: 

Not only was the play nice on its own, but it was Boyd's first NHL point. Not a bad way to get it. 

2. Shayne Gostisbehere​ got the Flyers going with his goal in the first period. The defenseman had one goal on five shots along with being an intimidating force in the defensive zone. After going six weeks without scoring, today's goal was Gostisbehere's second goal in three games. 

3. Wayne Simmonds was the best offensive player on the ice on Sunday, scoring twice - both in the final period. It was the 22nd and 23rd goals of the season for the 29-year-old winger. It was also the first multi-goal game for Simmonds since Opening Night, when he had two against San Jose. 

The Caps hit the ice next on Tuesday, when they welcome the Dallas Stars to the Capital One Center. 

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Game 72 Capitals at Flyers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

Game 72 Capitals at Flyers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa.

When: 5:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Flyers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Flyers game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.


The Capitals (41-23-7) take on the Flyers (36-25-11) Sunday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m. ET in Philadelphia.


The Capitals-Flyers game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

4:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
4:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
5:00 p.m. — Capitals at Flyers
7:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
8:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
9:00 p.m. — Caps in 30


The Capitals-Flyers game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.


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