Ward blossomed into a productive player during his tenure with the Capitals, and after accepting a three-year contract from the Sharks in July, he’ll play his former team for the first time on Tuesday night.
Ovechkin did not attend the Capitals’ practice before their game against the Sharks on Tuesday for what coach Barry Trotz said were “personal reasons” and said his availability will be determined at game time.
After the Nationals choked and as the Wizards continue to make steady progress, it seems the Capitals, with Alex Ovechkin, are once again the favorites to be the first team to win a title for Washington in more than 20 years.
The Capitals star scores and delivers an assist in Washington’s home opener, a 5-3 win against the Devils.
Ovechkin’s between-the-legs goal broke a tie in the third, and Jason Chimera, Brooks Orpik, Marcus Johansson and Matt Niskanen also scored as the Capitals opened their season with a 5-3 victory over the Devils.