Ovechkin played with ham­string, knee in­juries

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - STEPHEN WHYNO ARLINGTON, VA. —

Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals su­per­star Alex Ovechkin played through ham­string and knee in­juries that ham­pered him in the play­offs.

Ovechkin says he felt some­thing in his ham­string dur­ing Game 3 of the sec­ond-round se­ries against the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins and needed in­jec­tions to numb the pain the rest of the way. A hit by Toronto’s Nazem Kadri in Game 5 of the first round caused the left knee in­jury, which Ovechkin down­played.

The 31-year-old cap­tain had eight points in 13 play­off games as Wash­ing­ton was elim­i­nated be­fore the con­fer­ence fi­nals for the ninth time in as many chances. At the Cap­i­tals’ exit-day meet­ings Fri­day, he didn’t say how badly the in­juries af­fected his play but they were bad enough not to play for Rus­sia at the world cham­pi­onships.

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