Alex Ovechkin returned to the ice on Tuesday and appeared no worse for wear, one day after he limped off the ice toward the end of practice.
“It was nothing serious,” Ovechkin said, adding that he had suffered a bruise when he got tangled up with a teammate during a drill on Monday.
Ovechkin, who enters Tuesday night's games tied with Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov for the league lead in goals with 10, took his usual spot on the second line with center Evgeny Kuznetsov and right wing Alex Chiasson, who was promoted because of the injury to Andre Burakovsky.
As Tuesday’s practice wound down, Coach Barry Trotz had Ovechkin do some additional conditioning. The Caps' captain skated around the faceoff circle at center ice several times at a vigorous pace while Trotz timed the laps with a stopwatch.
Afterward, Trotz indicated Ovechkin is good to go.
As for the extra skating at the end of practice, Trotz said it was to make up for what he missed late in Monday's session.
“He missed the conditioning drill the other day,” Trotz said.
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