Alex Ovechkin was checked out by the team’s medical staff following Friday’s game and will be good to go for Sunday’s potential series clincher in Toronto, Coach Barry Trotz said.
“He is fine,” Trotz said on a conference call with reporters on Saturday afternoon. “He was re-evaluated again after the game. He’s fine. Expect him to be ready to go.”
Game 6 is Sunday night at Air Canada Centre.
Ovechkin left the Caps’ 2-1 overtime victory late in the first period following a controversial hit by Toronto’s Nazem Kadri in open ice. Although it appeared the Caps’ captain had suffered a serious left leg injury, he returned for the start of the second period and ended up skating 19:29.
Kadri was penalized for tripping on the play, and the Caps converted on the power play to take a 1-0 lead. Ovechkin, meanwhile, finished with three shots on goal and a game-high six hits.
On Saturday, Trotz sidestepped a question about Kadri’s hit. Toronto Coach Mike Babcock said after the game that he didn’t think the hit warranted a penalty.
“He has his opinion and I have mine,” Trotz said. “Certain hits in the game, I think when you have an ability to injury a player, you know…we just have different viewpoints.”
The Caps did not practice on Saturday. They’ll return to the ice Sunday morning at ACC for a pregame skate.
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