Alexander Ovechkin left Monday night’s game in Raleigh with an apparent knee injury after he initiated a knee-to-knee hit on Hurricanes D Tim Gleason in the first period of a 3-2 Caps win over Carolina. Both players laid on the ice in pain afterwards and Ovechkin did not get up for several minutes before being helped up by the training staff. He was unable to put any pressure on his right leg, was taken to the locker room and did not return.
Ovechkin was given a game misconduct for the hit, which is sure to raise more controversy regarding the Hart Trophy winner who drew some criticism for a similar hit on Penguins D Sergei Gonchar in the playoffs last season. Hurricanes D Aaron Ward called the play “irresponsible” during a first-intermission interview on the home team’s TV broadcast.
The far more pressing concern for Caps fans, however, is Ovechkin’s status. According to the team’s PR staff, there will be no update until Tuesday at the earliest. Around the country, fans will be discussing Ovechkin’s reputation. In Washington, fans will hold their collective breath until further news comes along.