Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin returns from injury in season finale vs. Bruins

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin celebrates a goal. (Nick Wass/AP)

The Washington Capitals will get their captain back in the lineup when they host the Boston Bruins in their season finale Tuesday.

Alex Ovechkin will start at left wing alongside Nick Backstrom and Anthony Mantha. It will be only Ovechkin’s second game since April 22 due to a lower-body injury, with his one appearance lasting less than a minute on May 3 before the injury was reaggravated.

The 35-year-old has 24 goals and 42 points in 44 games, making this the first season in his 16-year career that he won’t reach the 30-goal plateau.

The Capitals and Bruins will meet in the first round of the playoffs with Game 1 scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET Saturday on Sportsnet.

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