Alex Ovechkin completed his first full practice with his teammates since the Capitals’ coaching and training staffs decided Monday to give him time to rest a nagging injury, the nature of which has not been disclosed.
During the practice session, Ovechkin appeared to have jump in his stride and didn’t hesitate on any of the drills. While he wasn’t in a no-contact jersey, he didn’t receive any significant hits from his teammates, either. After the workout, Ovechkin said he’s feeling “good.”
Asked what he looks for to determine that he is feeling better, Ovechkin replied: “I just skating over there like to see if it bothers me or not. It’s not bother me and I think I’m ready to go.”
Ovechkin wasn’t sure if he would be back in the lineup for Tuesday’s game against Carolina, though.
“I don’t know. It’s not my decision,” Ovechkin said. “How I said, I’m ready to go, but I don’t know how it’s going to work right now with tomorrow.”
Asked if he was 100 percent healthy, or could be at this time of the year, Ovechkin didn’t answer the question directly. “Everybody wants to be 100 percent, but right now it’s time to recover best from what happened to you.”