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Will another Steven Stamkos injury put him in jeopardy to play the Capitals?

Will another Steven Stamkos injury put him in jeopardy to play the Capitals?

Tampa Bay Lightning player Steven Stamkos is a superstar, but has not had great injury luck over the course of his career. Bad luck has sprung up again for the Lightning captain as he suffered a lower-body injury during the team's Phase 2 voluntary workouts and will be limited at the start of training camp.

General manager Julien BriseBois told reporters Saturday that Stamkos is expected to be ready for the return of the season.

"We don't have a specific timeline for when he will be a full participant in camp," BriseBois said. "But we expect he will be ready in time for games."

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Tampa Bay will begin its postseason in a round robin tournament against the top seeds in the East. Their first game will be Aug. 3 against the Capitals.

Stamkos underwent core muscle surgery on March 2. The recovery timeline was six to eight weeks which he has clearly passed and it is believed this new injury is not related. Still, this will be a tough blow for Stamkos who will now have to be limited at the start of camp after missing the last seven games before the season was paused.

Washington was a perfect 3-0-0 against the Lightning this season. While Stamkos is expected to be ready for games, this is an injury the bears watching, especially if it drags further and further into camp.

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Alex Ovechkin passes Sidney Crosby for most playoff goals since 2008

Alex Ovechkin passes Sidney Crosby for most playoff goals since 2008

Alex Ovechkin’s first-period goal didn’t just give the Capitals an early 1-0 lead over the Islanders – it knocked Sidney Crosby off his throne too.

Ovechkin’s score became his 66th career playoff goal. Since his postseason debut in 2008, the Great Eight now ranks first in the league in playoff goals and passed Crosby with 65.

Just 56 seconds into Game 2 of the Capitals’ first-round playoff series with the Islanders, Ovi controlled a loose puck that bounced off his skate, setting up an unassisted backhander that slipped past Semyon Varlamov for the early lead. 

The goal was his first of the playoffs, and he loved every bit of it.

In all-time playoff goals, Ovechkin now ties for 20th in the NHL with Joe Nieuwendyk and Denis Savard and trails Crosby who ranks 19th overall with 68 goals. Ovi didn’t make his playoff debut until the 2007-2008 season while Crosby had the edge with a 2006-2007 appearance and racked up two more career tallies. 

However, with the Penguins now eliminated from the playoffs, Ovechkin has a shot at passing Crosby once again.

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In The Loop: Capitals pregame soccer volley, Kevin Durant returns to the court

In The Loop: Capitals pregame soccer volley, Kevin Durant returns to the court

First up in our look around the sports world, there's been no shortage of entertaining moments from the NBA bubble. Listen, these guys have to find ways to keep things exciting and you certainly count on Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell to do just that.

Following Utah's 118-112 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, Jazz guard Rayjon Tucker's postgame interview was interrupted by Mitchell pouring a full water bottle on Tucker's head. Impressively, Tucker was still able to answer the question despite his meddling teammate. That's a true professional.
 

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Meanwhile, in the NHL bubble, the Washington Capitals continue their pregame antics with a little soccer ball volley. Although it's all fun and games until someone busts the light in the ceiling out. For real though, who in the heck put that light there?! As the expression goes, you break it, you buy it.

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Lastly, Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant looks solid after he was spotted back on the court playing some pickup with friends. Durant is still rehabbing an Achilles injury that he suffered back in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals while a member of the Golden State Warriors.