The Washington Times - March 28, 2013, 10:51AM

Alex Ovechkin took an errant puck to the face during Washington Capitals practice Thursday and got 22 stitches to close the wound.

Goaltender Braden Holtby made a save during two-on-one drills, and the puck bounced up and hit Ovechkin on the chin. He immediately left the ice in pain and went to the locker room.

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Ovechkin went to the doctor’s office to get stitched up and did not speak to reporters. He posted a photo of his bloody chin on Twitter with the line: “It’s hockey ))) hahaha.”

“He went to get stitches,” coach Adam Oates said. “Part of the job.”

Ovechkin tweeted an after photo as well with the message: “After hockey!! 22 stitches hahaha ))).”

Aaron Volpatti took turns on the fourth line after Ovechkin left.

Ovechkin is on a six-game point streak. The captain has six goals and four assists in that time.

Center Nicklas Backstrom had a cut on his chin from Tuesday night’s game.

“You’re supposed to,” Oates said. “You’re a hockey player.”