Video: Caps’ team doctor discusses Ovechkin fracture


We learned yesterday that Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin suffered a hairline fracture in his left foot while blocking a shot in Game 6 of Washington’s first-round series with the New York Rangers.

If you’re curious about the specifics of the injury — or whether the Caps should have allowed an injured Ovechkin to represent Russia in the World Championships — here’s Dr. Benjamin Shaffer, the team’s physician, providing an update for CSN Washington:

So it sounds like there was no significant risk in letting him play.

According to Shaffer, Ovechkin will be “immobilized” and wearing a fracture boot for a period of four weeks.