Goaltender Braden Holtby made 28 saves and Curtis Glencross scored on the power play for the Capitals, whose two-game winning streak ended with a 2-1 loss to the surging Wild.
“It’s sort of just like trench warfare — you’ve got to take it inch-by-inch, and when you make a mistake, they’re going to capitalize on it,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said before his team’s 2-1 loss. “That’s how they are.”
Ovechkin, who has not missed a game this season, couldn’t even make it to warm-ups before telling the team he could not play against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.
Ovechkin did not participate in the team’s skate ahead of its game Thursday against the Minnesota Wild, and coach Barry Trotz would not commit to Ovechkin’s availability for the game.
Ovechkin added to his NHL-leading total with two goals Tuesday night, leading the charge in a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jackets.