As we noted earlier today, the Capitals are in Boston tonight to face the Bruins. The result has been a hard fought affair, with the Caps enjoying an edge offensively that isn't reflected on the scoreboard. The teams are tied, 2-2 with the game early in the third period.
It's safe to say that in Washington everything flows through reigning NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin. Just a little while ago the franchise got something of a scare, as Ovechkin fell awkwardly to the ice after getting hooked by Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara late in the second period. After falling to the ice, he crashed heavily into the boards shoulder first and remained on the ice for some time. Ovechkin eventually made his way to the Capitals bench, where he was seen slamming his helmet to the ground before returning to the visiting locker room.
But as Ovechkin himself has said, "Russian machine does not break," and the Moscow-born winger was back on the bench at the start of the third period and has already taken a few shifts with linemates Viktor Kozlov and Nicklas Backstrom. If he's suffering any ill effects, they aren't readily apparent right now. Still, something was wrong before he left the ice during the second period, and the situation warrants observation going forward the rest of the season.
Ovechkin Returns to Game After Falling Awkwardly Into Boards originally appeared on NHL FanHouse on Tue, 27 Jan 2009 20:50:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.