Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was the only player on the team remaining to play all 46 games of the season. That streak will end tonight.
Wednesday afternoon, the Capitals announced that Ovechkin had entered COVID-19 protocol and will miss both the Oilers game tonight and the NHL All-Star Game on Saturday.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is unavailable tonight versus the Edmonton Oilers due to the NHL COVID-19 protocol. Based on a positive test result, Ovechkin will not participate in the 2022 NHL All-Star Game in Las Vegas.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) February 2, 2022
Ovechkin was set to the captain of the Metropolitan Division All-Stars. Now, as of this moment, Evgeny Kuznetsov will be the only Capitals representative at the game.
“I was hoping to stay away from him for a couple days, we gotta be in the plane together,” Kuznetsov joked earlier in the week. “Hope those coaches don’t like our connection and they going to separate us. I do my best to get separated from him.”
According to The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir, Nastya Ovechkina was on her way back from Russia to join Ovechkin and Kuznetsov on the flight to Las Vegas on Thursday.
Nastya Ovechkin was in the air en route to Washington from Moscow today when Ovechkin tested positive. The couple was scheduled to fly with Evgeny Kuznetsov to Vegas tomorrow for the All-Star Game.
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) February 2, 2022
Ovechkin has missed the last three All-Star Games. The past two were due to a personal decision to opt-out and rest.
Ovechkin is the Capitals’ leading scorer, tallying 58 points on the season. His 29 goals are third-most in the NHL, trailing only Chris Kreider (33) and Leon Draisaitl (31).
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