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The Washington Capitals announced Sunday morning that superstar captain Alexander Ovechkin is suffering from a lower body injury day to day.

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Ovechkin will not practice on Sunday, two days after colliding with Philadelphia Flyers forward Travis Konecny ​​during a preseason game.

The Capitals open the regular season Wednesday at home against the New York Rangers.

Ovechkin, who signed a five-year, $ 47.5 million contract extension this offseason, is the franchise leader in games played (1,197), goals (730) and points (1,320) since being selected by Washington with the first overall pick in 2004. NHL draft. He was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy during the Capitals’ race to the Stanley Cup title in 2018.

Ovechkin amassed 42 points (24 team-leading goals, 18 assists) in 45 games in 2020-21 while competing in the final season of a 13-year, $ 124 million contract he signed in 2008. He is one goal away from tying at Hall of The famous Marcel Dionne for fifth place of all time in NHL history.

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