Capitals star Alex Ovechkin limps off ice during team practice

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin appears to have suffered a lower-body injury after limping off the ice at his team’s practice Monday.

According to multiple reports, Ovechkin fell to the ice during a drill and after being looked at on the bench he was escorted to the locker room by trainers.

It’s unclear at this time the nature and severity of the potential injury, however Ovechkin is optimistic it isn’t serious. Following the skate, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz told reporters at the Kettler Iceplex that he believes Ovechkin will be OK but needs more information.

Ovechkin has gotten off to a torrid start to the 2017-18 campaign, scoring 10 goals in nine games which is tied with Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov for the league lead.

Forward Andre Burakovsky was absent from Caps practice with what the team is calling an upper-body injury. Trotz mentioned Burakovsky is likely to miss some time and may not travel with the team on their upcoming three-game Western Canadian road trip.

Washington, currently 10th in the East with a 4-4-1 record, is off until Thursday when they visit the Vancouver Canucks which gives the team some time to sort through any injury issues.