Alex Ovechkin and linemate Marcus Johansson collided during Tuesday’s Washington Capitals scrimmage, and the captain had to be attended to by trainers before retuning to the bench.
Ovechkin and Johansson were crossing in the neutral zone when they went down. They remained on the ice for about a minute and were slow to get up.
“My breath was, I lose my breathing because I didn’t see him and I hit helmet with my mouth,” Ovechkin said. “But then I can’t breathe, I start screaming because I can’t breathing. But after that couple seconds I feel pretty good. Just collided.”
Johansson was able to remain in the game, while Ovechkin walked off with a cut on his chin.
Ovechkin saw trainer Greg Smith and joked about it afterward.
“My mouth was bleeding so I had to go to Smitty’s room and check it out if I lose more tooth or not,” Ovechkin said.
Ovechkin is trying this week to switch to right wing after playing the vast majority of his career on the left side.
“Just situation when I was on the right side and you know it’s kind of something new for me, crossing [at] different angle so I don’t know whose fault it is but I don’t feel pretty good after that,” Ovechkin said.
Johansson brushed off concern after the scrimmage against the Reading Royals of the ECHL.
“It was nothing special. It happens, unfortunately,” he said. “It’s something to laugh about now, I guess.”