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Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 03/15/2012

Alex Ovechkin leaves ice after colliding with teammate; Hunter says ‘he’s fine’ (updated)

Update, 12:40 p.m.: Check out the full story on Ovechkin here.

Update, 11:57 a.m.: Coach Dale Hunter said Ovechkin would travel with the team on its critical upcoming road trip, which begins Friday in Winnipeg. Hunter also said Ovechkin will face the Southeast Division rival Jets.

“He’s fine,” Hunter said. “It was two big guys colliding full speed. Something real bad could have happened. They got crossed in their signals. They were supposed to be in the other lane.”

“We still trying to figure out which one,” Hunter added with a chuckle.

Update, 11:37 a.m.: “We had whole ice to work together and we occupied the same space,” Knuble said of the collision. “That was a lot of beef coming together there [at] full speed, you know? When people don’t see each other, it gets pretty dangerous.”

He added: “There’s the whole ice there. You can’t into each other. It’s just stupid. It’s more annoying than anything. It’s embarrassing that someone gets hurt.”

Update, 11:20 a.m.: It’s believed that Ovechkin is still being evaluated by team medical staff. He did not meet with reporters, understandably.

Original post: Alex Ovechkin left practice after it’s believed that he collided with teammate Mike Knuble at center ice during drills.

The Caps’ captain stayed on the ice for about two minutes while he was attended to by the assistant trainer. He sat on the bench, resting his head on his gloves.

After sitting on the bench and talking to trainers for about three minutes, he removed his helmet and went to the locker room.

I’ll have more info as it becomes available.

More on the Capitals:
Ovechkin collision gives Caps a scare
Nicklas Backstrom skates again
Kuznetsov says he’ll stay in KHL
Grubauer makes most of time in ECHL
Green says his game won’t change

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