The Washington Times - March 16, 2012, 01:40PM

WINNIPEG, Manitoba | Alex Ovechkin took normal line rushes. He stayed on the ice a few extra minutes to work on one-timers.

And the Washington Capitals captain totally brushed off talk and concern about the collision with teammate Mike Knuble on Thursday that caused him to miss practice.


“I feel good,” Ovechkin said after Friday’s morning skate at MTS Centre.

Any concerns Thursday about not playing?

“No. I feel good,” he said.

Ovechkin is expected to be in the Caps’ lineup Friday night at the Winnipeg Jets for what is widely considered on both sides as the biggest game of the season. He will start on a line with Brooks Laich and Marcus Johansson.

Ovechkin spent time during practice talking with trainer Greg Smith and associate goaltending coach Olie Kolzig. He had bursts of speed and was taking hard shots.

As for the collision, that seems to be yesterday’s news in the star left wing’s mind.

“It happens. It was accident,” he said. “Thank God it ended in good way and nobody gets real hurt. It is what it is.”