There was an entertaining game at Verizon Center tonight. The Caps took too many penalties and blew two third-period leads before losing in OT to Columbus.
But all of that was overshadowed by Alex Ovechkin leaving the game early with an injury. Officially, Ovechkin is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Unofficially, all of the video evidence points to a left shoulder/arm/chest problem that stemmed from a scrum near the Columbus bench.
Here’s some reaction from all sides of the scrum:
“It was just a moment of the game,” Ovechkin said. “Nothing happened. He just hit me, I hit him, there was a little battle there, nothing happened.”
Brendan Morrison was one of the guys on the ice who got pulled into the fracas.
“Initially, I think [Ovechkin] was going for a change, then there was a hit and a push and a big scrum,” Morrison said. “I really didn’t see anything. I think [Chimera] just bumped him coming off the ice, just trying to stir the pot more than anything.”
And from the Columbus guys:
Jason Chimera: “He kind of throw a punch at me, and then [Boll] kind of got into it and it was a mess. There was no intent to hurt somebody out there. He just hit me pretty hard that one shift, so I just let him know ‘You’re not going to hit me like that all game,’ so I pushed him a bit, he punched me back in the face, and a couple shifts later he’s off the ice, so I hope he’s all right.”
Jared Boll: “[Ovechkin] jumped in and I jumped in . The ref said I didn’t stop (quick enough) so I got the misconduct. I had him, I don’t know what happened. His arm might have got caught on the bench. We stick together and that has been the motto from day one.”
(Thanks to Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch and Damian Eklund from the AP for those quotes from the Blue Jackets side)
UPDATE: MONDAY MORNING
We’re waiting to see what we get from Ovechkin, who’s at Kettler this morning. Until then, here’s video from Comcast of the injury and Ovechkin’s reaction.