Alex Ovechkin left practice briefly Monday after suffering a cut to his forehead, above his right eye, but returned quickly to finish the remainder of the drills. Ovechkin did not take part in the bag skate at the conclusion of the workout, however.
How Ovechkin, who was not made available to reporters, sustained the cut is a little unclear, because the star left wing was at the far end of the ice and fell. Coach Bruce Boudreau said the captain is okay.
“Got hit in the head somewhere, I just saw it like you guys from behind, so I don’t know if it was a skate, a stick,” Boudreau said. “I thought he fell on the ice and maybe a stick caught him. Oh, I think he’ll live.”
Other injury notes in addition to Mike Green’s twisted right ankle:
— Michal Neuvirth took part in the full practice Monday, a good sign for the goaltender, who has been scratched for five games with a bruised right foot.
“It was good, he came through it and I said, ‘If you get through the first one you’ll be able to get through the next couple because there were a lot of shots today,’” said Boudreau, who added that the Capitals will not take an extra goaltender on the trip to western Canada.
— John Erskine, who is recovering from offseason surgery on his left shoulder, has not yet been cleared for contact. As for whether the rugged defenseman will go on the trip to Edmonton and Vancovuver, Boudreau wasn’t sure.
“That’s still iffy at this stage,” Boudreau said. “We won’t know til tomorrow we talk to [General Manager] George [McPhee] today.”
— The Capitals have recalled defenseman Sean Collins from Hershey and he will travel out west with the team, his agent confirmed. The call-up was first reported by The Washington Times.