Capitals star Alex Ovechkin’s streak of never missing a playoff game should remain intact Sunday night, as he’s expected to be good to go for Game 6 of Washington’s first-round playoff series against the Maple Leafs.
Ovechkin had be helped off the ice after taking a hip check from Toronto’s Nazem Kadri in the first period of Game 5 Friday night. He returned after the break and helped his team to a 2-1 overtime victory, which put the Caps up 3-2 in the series.
Ovechkin is hurt by a hit from Kadri pic.twitter.com/Ct2XJIdTNc
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 21, 2017
Ovechkin was reevaluated following the game and should be “ready to go” Sunday, Washington coach Barry Trotz said Saturday, per the Washington Post.
Opinions vary as to the legality of Kadri’s hit. While the Toronto center was slapped with a two-minute tripping penalty, Leafs coach Mike Babcock didn’t think he deserved a penalty at all, and NBC analyst Mike Milbury called it a “a legitimate hip check.”
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 22, 2017
What a dirty check by Kadri. Could have hit Ovechkin square and he low bridges him. Terrible hit
— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) April 21, 2017
Milbury defending a low-bridge, borderline clipping on Ovechkin might be the single most predictable moment of the playoffs.
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) April 22, 2017
Trotz said of Babcock, “He has his opinion, I have mine. Certain hits in the game, I think when you have an ability to injure a player, we just have different viewpoints.”