Alex Ovechkin was the only player from Washington’s lineup Tuesday night that didn’t take part in a brief 30-minute practice Wednesday at KCI. Coach Bruce Boudreau said it was because the star left wing was told to take the day off.
“He’s got some bumps and bruises right now,” Boudreau said. “It was more of a maintenance day with two more games this week. Just told him to take it off and get some stretching done.”
Boudreau said Ovechkin’s “bumps and bruises” were not related to slashes the captain took on the right hand, one in the third period of the opener against Carolina, and another in the third period against Tampa Bay on Oct. 10.