Capitals nation was given quite a scare on Monday when, according to multiple reports, Alex Ovechkin took an awkward fall during an informal skate and had to be helped off the ice. In typical Ovechkin fashion, however, he was back on the ice before soon after before the skate was even over.
The players will officially report to training camp on Thursday with the first on-ice day coming on Friday. Players typically arrive days or even weeks in advance and take part in informal skates at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. Monday was one such skate.
The morning was interrupted, however, when Ovechkin took an awkward fall and screamed out in pain.
The worst possible thing just happened. Ovi went down very awkwardly during #Caps scrimmage. He screamed in pain. It took a couple of teammates to help him off the ice.— Rob Carlin (@RobCarlinNBCS) September 9, 2019
Wasn’t putting any pressure on left leg as he left the ice. The silence in here was palpable.
Ovechkin was reportedly evaluated by the team's training staff and the initial thought was that, as bad as it sounded, the injury was not too serious.
Everyone settle down!! Ovi is being evaluated by #Caps training staff right now. Spokesman for team says it’s not believed to be too serious!— Rob Carlin (@RobCarlinNBCS) September 9, 2019
As we know, he never breaks. So there’s that.
Incredibly Ovechkin soon returned out of the locker room and came back on the ice to resume scrimmaging in what was, again, an informal skate.
Ovechkin just walked out of locker room, still in full gear— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) September 9, 2019
This guy truly is remarkable. Minutes after leaving the ice with a couple of #Caps helping carry him off, Ovi returns as a playmaker.— Rob Carlin (@RobCarlinNBCS) September 9, 2019
Sets up the goal as scrimmages wrap up. He’s not human. pic.twitter.com/Q05IPX5syU
Look at the timestamps on those Tweets. All of this happened in a matter of minutes.
Ovechkin has shown remarkable durability throughout his career, but there have been instances in which he was more injured than initially thought. In 2017, Ovechkin took a brutal hip check to the knee from Nazem Kadri in a playoff game and had to be helped off the ice. Incredibly, he returned for the start of the very next period seemingly none the worse for wear. After the playoffs, however, it was revealed that the injury was more substantial than previously thought and could have contributed to Washington's ultimate demise to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round.
Monday, however, was not a playoff game. It was an informal skate. It is hard to imagine him coming back out to continue the scrimmage if there was any chance there was anything at all wrong.
Breathe easy, Caps fans. It looks like the Russian Machine once again did not break.
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