Alex Ovechkin received a cortisone shot on an undisclosed area following the Capitals' 1-0 overtime loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday and has been prohibited from handling the puck for two days, which was why he wore the gold no-contact jersey in practice this morning, according to Coach Bruce Boudreau. Ovechkin is expected to participate fully in practice on Friday, Boudreau said.
"I'm going to be OK," Ovechkin said after the skate. "Bruce gave me some skating, no puck handling, nothing. He told me just [to] be relaxing and ready for Saturday."
Asked if there was any concern about his injury, Ovechkin replied: "It's not an injury."
Boudreau said he believed that it may have been a lingering problem.
"I don't know. It's probably been awhile for him to get a cortisone shot," Boudreau said, before addressing whether it has limited the Washington captain. "I don't know. I couldn't tell you. I'll find it maybe on this weekend if it's worked or what."
--Boudreau said Matt Hendricks, who skated with strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish prior to practice, also received a cortisone shot but is also expected to practice on Friday.
--Mathieu Perreault had "some things fixed" on his face, presumably repairs to the broken nose he suffered Dec. 26 against Carolina. Perreault mentioned last week that he would need surgery.