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Alex Ovechkin to miss NHL All-Star Game with lower-body injury

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Alex Ovechkin will not be attending the NHL All-Star Game this weekend due to a lower-body injury, according to an announcement from the Washington Capitals following their overtime loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday.

The Capitals said the injury would be best served with rest.

“We made this difficult decision after taking into consideration what we felt was best for Alex and our organization,” said Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan in a statement.

“Alex has been an incredible ambassador for our team and the league, but we believe it is better if he uses this time to heal and ideally be completely healthy for the duration of the season.”

The Capitals have listed Ovechkin as day-to-day, but he will be required to sit out Washington’s first game back from the break versus Florida on Feb. 2.

Ovechkin didn’t have a point Wednesday, but he did have six shots and five hits. He also has 28 goals and 42 points this season.

 

 

Video: Flyers ground Capitals’ home winning streak with OT victory

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More than two months after it started, the Washington Capitals’ streak of consecutive wins on home ice has come to an end.

The Capitals hadn’t lost at Verizon Center since Nov. 19, 2015 — a span of 12 games. (The Capitals had two home games postponed due to last week’s snowstorm.)

But that streak came to an end Wednesday.

The Philadelphia Flyers upset the Capitals, the league’s top team in the standings, by a final score of 4-3 in overtime, with Jakub Voracek scoring the winning goal — his second of the night — 38 seconds into the three-on-three session.

The goal was reviewed after a coach’s challenge.

From the NHL Situation Room:

At 0:38 of overtime in the Flyers/Capitals game, the Situation Room initiated a review under the terms of a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek interfered with Washington goaltender Braden Holtby prior to his goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line.

Therefore the original call stands – good goal Philadelphia Flyers.

Capitals’ forward Marcus Johansson left the game after the first period with an upper-body injury and did not return.

WATCH LIVE: Avalanche at Kings

Colorado Avalanche v Los Angeles Kings

The Colorado Avalanche visit the L.A. Kings at Staples Center on Wednesday, in what is the final game on the NHL schedule heading into the All-Star break.

You can watch the game on NBCSN at 10:30 p.m. ET, or online using NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE ONLINE

Here are some links to check out for tonight’s contest:

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Video: Kuznetsov gaffe leads to Flyers second goal

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So, not exactly sure where Evgeny Kuznetsov was going with this pass, but Ryan White and the Philadelphia Flyers don’t mind.

Kuznetsov, who had 11 points in five games coming into Wednesday’s match-up, is usually the one setting up his teammates. However, during the first period against Philadelphia, Kuznetsov for some reason dished the puck out from his own corner, right into the slot and onto the stick of White, who beat Braden Holtby with a quick shot.

The Flyers surrendered goals 55 seconds apart in the second period, before retaking the lead.

Capitals’ Johansson leaves game with upper-body injury

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The Washington Capitals will be without forward Marcus Johansson for the remainder of Wednesday’s game versus the Philadelphia Flyers.

Johansson left the game in the first period. The Capitals announced via Twitter during the middle frame that he would not return due to an upper-body injury.

The 25-year-old Johansson had 13 goals and 30 points in 43 games prior to Wednesday’s tilt.

Update from the Washington Post:

After the game, Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said he didn’t know the seriousness of Johansson’s injury, and that he hadn’t yet spoken to the training staff. Trotz also said he thought Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas “stepped up on him. He was cutting across to the middle, and he stepped up and got tangled up.”