Alex Ovechkin didn’t look much like a player suffering from a lower-body injury. The Washington Capitals captain might not have been 100 percent, but he scored a goal and appeared to have no restrictions Friday night in a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
Ovechkin missed Wednesday night’s game and wasn’t himself for a few days. And while he played just 17:43, everything went well.
“I feel better. Of course first period was kind of moment when I try to get the hit and be in the game,” Ovechkin said. “After that I feel pretty good. I skate well and I make mistake when they score goal. But it’s happens.”
Ovechkin did commit the turnover that led to Montreal’s only goal, the eighth short-handed one the Caps have allowed this season. But his one-timer goal and a legitimate threat back in the lineup more than made up for it.
Most importantly he was healthy.
“He felt good out there,” coach Dale Hunter said. “He had a little time off there and I thought he played a solid game.”
Ovechkin also sounded a lot like a captain, in his own special way, by saying in a CSN intermission interview that his team’s situation wasn’t a “disco” and a time for focus.
“Lots of people say we have to have fun,” Ovechkin said. “Yeah, we have to have fun but have fun it’s not like laughing and it’s not joke around. It’s serious fun. You have to be concentrate and when you have opportunity to smile, you smile. But most of the time in the locker room it was pretty serious.”