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Barry Trotz reveals why Alex Ovechkin missed the second half of practice

Barry Trotz reveals why Alex Ovechkin missed the second half of practice

Alex Ovechkin missed the second half of Tuesday’s practice — the Capitals’ first session in preparation for the Penguins — because of an equipment issue.

Prior to exiting the ice, the Caps’ captain came to the bench at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and examined his skate.

“His skate broke,” Coach Barry Trotz said before cracking, “I said, ‘You didn’t have another pair? He goes, ‘I couldn’t find them.’”

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In all seriousness, though, it’s not clear why Ovechkin did not get his skate repaired, as is usual when a blade or holder cracks. 

“I don’t know what happened,” Trotz said. “It was a skate. He came over and there was something hanging off his skate there. I think when he went in the corner, [it] got sliced. He’s fine, as you see. You saw him walking around. He’s fine.”

Added Ovechkin, who appeared to be practicing at full speed during the first 20 or so minutes of practice and looked while walking around afterward: “Yeah, my skate is broke, almost in half. It’s okay.”

Ovechkin scored three goals in the first round as the Caps vanquished the Maple Leafs, 4 games to 2. The right wing ranks ninth on the team average ice time on the team at 19:43.

In addition to Ovechkin’s situation, Lars Eller did not practice. Trotz said the third line center, who has two assists so far in the postseason, took a “maintenance day.” 

Trotz said he expects Eller to practice on Wednesday.

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How to watch Capitals at Panthers NHL 20 simulation and Capitals at Lightning Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Game 7

How to watch Capitals at Panthers NHL 20 simulation and Capitals at Lightning Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Game 7

The Capitals’ simulated season continues on Saturday night when they visit the Florida Panthers in NHL 20, aired on NBC Sports Washington. Real-life Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin will be on the call.

In a partnership with Monumental Sports Network, NBCSW is airing all Wizards and Capitals games in simulated NBA 2K20 and NHL 20 games, taking place on the dates and times according to each team's regular-season schedule with commentary from NBCSW's experts surrounding the coverage.

After the game wraps up, NBCSW will reair the Caps’ spectacular 2018 Stanley Cup Game 7 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Alex Ovechkin, Nick Backstrom, and André Burakovsky helped secure the win.

Here’s how you can catch both games Saturday night.

Broadcast Schedule

7:00 PM – NHL 20: Capitals @ Panthers (P)

8:00 PM – NHL Classics: Washington Capitals @ Tampa Bay Lightning from 5/23/18 (R)

10:30 PM – NHL 20: Capitals @ Panthers (R)

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Alex Ovechkin's workout was adorably interrupted with a dance party from his son, Sergei

Alex Ovechkin's workout was adorably interrupted with a dance party from his son, Sergei

Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin was enjoying a morning workout in his house on Wednesday when a small distraction entered the room.

Enter Ovechkin's one-year-old son, Sergei.

Instead of the Capitals winger shooing off his son to finish his workout, the two engaged in a dance party. It was quite precious.

With the song '40 Gradusov' by Loboda playing in the background, Ovechkin picked up his son, and the two started swaying side to side, dancing to the tune. Ovechkin's wife, Nastya, captured it all on camera, posting it to her Instagram story.

The elder Ovechkin has been spending plenty of his unexpected free time with Sergei, as the coronavirus pandemic has paused the NHL season indefinitely. The two teamed up for a Capitals simulated game on NHL 20 earlier this week, and they even watched film together, too.

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