Washington Capitals forward, according to Samantha Pell of The Washington Post Alex Ovechkin Left tonight’s game with an upper body injury and won’t be returning to the game (association).The injury occurred early in the third quarter when Ovechkin found himself on the break but was tripped by the Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Eric Calgren, he stretched out his cane to try to poke the puck away from Ovechkin, who rammed awkwardly onto the board, held by his left arm and shoulder. The star winger was able to get up on his own, but immediately left the ice and went to the locker room, never to return.

Needless to say, losing Ovechkin is a major loss for the Capitals at any time. Tonight, Washington was able to pull together after the captain left, scoring two quick goals to lead Toronto 3-1 in the third quarter and now just 3-2. However, with three games remaining after tonight, and in a fierce battle with the Boston Bruins for the No. 1 wild-card spot in the East, Washington will need everything it needs from Ovechkin. Aside from the ranking battle, the teams have just over a week before the playoffs start, and they’ll face the Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, or possibly the New York Rangers, none of which will be easy. thing.

Ovechkin, 36, remains the team’s MVP and is the league’s MVP this season with 50 goals and 40 assists in 77 games, including tonight. The future Hall of Famer is a rock for the Capitals, who have missed few games every season, including just two this year. Of course, it’s too early to know Ovechkin’s timeline or the severity of his injury, but the Capitals and their fans will have to hold their breath on the state of their captain as they get closer to playoff time.