Alex Ovechkin left the Washington Capitals’ game against the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday with what team officials termed a “lower body injury.”
The Capitals provided no other information about his condition. If Alex Ovechkin is out for an extended period, the consequences could be disastrous for the Caps. They are already playing without injured center Niklas Backstrom. The Metropolitan Division will be so tight that a poor start could severely damage the Capitals ability to make the playoffs.
Also, Ovechkin is chasing Wayne Gretzky’s league record of 894 goals. Ovechkin is 36 and needs 165 goals to pass Gretzky. He recently agreed to a five-year contract extension. If he plays those five seasons, Ovechkin would needs to average 33 goals per season to surpass Gretzky.
Ovechkin has been impressively durable during his career. Here is Washington Hockey Now’s story on Ovechkin’s departure from last night’s game.
Ovi left the game after this awkward hit pic.twitter.com/A2qUo2Nxr5
— Spittin' Chiclets (@spittinchiclets) October 9, 2021
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