Ovechkin hopes to play, despite injury

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:28 PM ET

ARLINGTON, Va. - In the past two weeks, Alex Ovechkin has been the object of verbal shots from both Sidney Crosby and Don Cherry.

This morning, the Washington Capitals superstar once again found himself being a target, this time being nailed with a slapshot from coach Dean Evason.

Right in the foot.

Given the mixture of pain and disgust etched on his face has he limped into the dressing room midway through Caps practice, it initially appeared he might be seriously injured.

But the Caps sniper seemed far more upbeat about an hour later when he emerged from the medical room to speak with reporters.

Asked if he would be able to play tomorrow night when the Caps host the Maple Leafs at the Verizon Center, Ovechkin broke into a child-like grin.

"We'll see," he said coyly.

Coach Bruce Boudreau had a message for his young franchise player.

"He'd better," Boudreau said with a chuckle, adding that trainers told him the ailment would not be long term.

Even with that, Ovechkin gave the Caps and their fans at the team's swank practice facility quite the scare.

Drilled in the right foot, his face was clenched in pain as he hobbled off the ice. He was in obvious discomfort as a Capitals trainer feverishly attempted to remove his right skate. Once that was completed, Ovechkin, wearing a skate on his left foot and just a sock on the right, limped to the dressing room followed by concerned Capitals medical staff.

Whether he plays tomorrow or not, Ovechkin has not lost his sense of humour.

When asked about today's trade deadline, Ovechkin shrugged his shoulders and said: "I'm not nervous. I'm probably not going to be traded."

No, probably not.

mike.zeisberger@sunmedia.ca


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