Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/21/11 at 01:30 PM ET
from Mike Vogel of Capitals.com,
When the Caps take to the ice in Philadelphia on Tuesday for a crucial late-season tilt with the Flyers, they’ll do so without team captain Alex Ovechkin. The Washington left wing will be sidelined for a short period of time with an undisclosed ailment.
With Washington’s playoff berth all but cemented with three weeks remaining in the season, and with Tuesday’s game in Philadelphia being the only game the Capitals play over a span of six days, this was the optimal time for Ovechkin to step back for a few games and take some time to heal up and get his body ready for the rigorous run that is the Stanley Cup playoffs.
“He just needs to take some time off to get completely healed up,” says Caps’ general manager George McPhee, who estimates the Caps’ captain would require somewhere in the neighborhood of 7-10 days away from the lineup.
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