Alex Ovechkin To Miss Big Eastern Conference Showdown with Philadelphia Flyers

March 21st, 2011 by Alan Zlotorzynski Leave a reply »
In a move that appears to be similar to that of the Colts or Patriots resting Peyton Manning or Tom Brady in Week 17 or 18 of the NFL season, the Washington Capitals have announced that star forward and team captain Alexander Ovechkin will not play Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

“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 seven-10 days away from the lineup.

“He’s been bothered by this nagging ailment for a couple of months,” says Caps coach Bruce Boudreau. “We just thought we’d take care of it now. His body needs a little bit of rest. We thought this was a good time to rest his body for a week to two weeks so he’s fresh come April.”

The game in Philadelphia on Tuesday night is the only game Washington plays in a six-day span so sitting Ovechkin to allow him some healing time seems like the perfect time.

With the Caps trailing the Flyers by just two points for the overall lead in the Eastern Conference, ...

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