Ovechkin still went shopping, but his purchase of a hat, sweater and winter coat was for the man he saw on the street. A local cafe recognized Ovechkin performing this act of kindness and tweeted about it. Ovechkin’s wife then later posted a photo of a text conversation with Ovechkin in which he told her in Russian that he purchased some clothing for the man because he felt sorry for him with how cold it is here.
Ovechkin seemed uncomfortable discussing the incident Saturday morning before the Capitals’ game against the Edmonton Oilers. Ovechkin said the man didn’t recognize him as being a superstar hockey player.
“He was like, ‘Are you serious?’ ” Ovechkin said. “He was a little in shock. But again, we don’t have to concentrate on this moment right now. …
“It’s something I think where if you see a guy almost naked out there with that kind of temperature, I think every human can do something, you know? Warm coat or a shirt or whatever.”
Connolly out; Backstrom and Peluso in
Forward Brett Connolly, who was placed in the concussion protocol during Thursday night’s game in Vancouver, won’t play against Edmonton on Saturday or in Calgary on Sunday. He is considered “day-to-day,” and the team said he won’t resume on-ice activities until he’s fully healthy.
That’s the Capitals’ fourth major injury of the season with three players already on injured reserve. The team recalled forward Anthony Peluso on Friday afternoon, and he’ll make his Capitals debut against the Oilers, replacing Nathan Walker in the lineup.
Peluso is expected to skate beside center Jay Beagle and winger Alex Chiasson on the fourth line. In 35 games with the Winnipeg Jets last season, Peluso fought four times, known most for the physical presence he brings to games.
“Anybody we’ve brought in, we’ve sort of put in the lineup,” Coach Barry Trotz said. “We’ve got to get a little bit of spark in our game.”
After top-line center Nicklas Backstrom missed Thursday night’s game with an illness, he’ll be back in the lineup on Saturday. Washington is coming off back-to-back losses and has dropped four of its past five games.
This is how the Capitals’ lineup is expected to look against the Oilers:
Alex Ovechkin-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Devante Smith-Pelly
Jakub Vrana-Nicklas Backstrom-T.J. Oshie
Chandler Stephenson-Lars Eller-Tom Wilson
Anthony Peluso-Jay Beagle-Alex Chiasson
Scratched: Nathan Walker
Christian Djoos-John Carlson
Brooks Orpik-Madison Bowey
Dmitry Orlov-Taylor Chorney
Scratched: Aaron Ness
Braden Holtby (starter)
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