Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin leaves game in first period, won’t return

Apr 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) during the second period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin left the team’s game against the New York Rangers on Monday night during the first period, and the team announced during the first intermission that he would not return.

The forward took one shift totaling 39 seconds before leaving the game.

Ovechkin was playing in his first game after missing the previous four with a lower-body injury.

He entered Monday with 42 points (24 goals, 18 assists) in 43 games.

–Field Level Media