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Capitals’ star Alex Ovechkin exits with upper-body injury

Apr 22, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) skates against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals star left wing Alex Ovechkin left Sunday night’s home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs with what the Capitals said was an upper-body injury.

Ovechkin, who is fourth in the NHL with 50 goals this season and third in the league all-time with 780, was hurt when he tripped over the goalie stick of Toronto’s Erik Kallgren after missing on a breakaway. Ovechkin slid into the end boards and left the ice in apparent pain and a possible shoulder injury.

A three-time Hart Trophy winner as the league’s most valuable player, the Russian star is in his 17th NHL season, all with the Capitals. His career high of 65 goals in a season came in 2007-08, his first Hart Trophy season, as did his best of 112 points.

Ovechkin, 36, has 90 points (50 goals, 40 assists) in 77 games this season.

The Capitals (44-23-11, 99 points) have already clinched a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. With the league beginning its final week of the regular season, they trailed Boston by only two points for the top wild card.

–Field Level Media