Capitals star Ovechkin to miss All-Star Game due to COVID-19 protocols

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin has been lighting the lamp a lot this season. (AP/file)

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin will not participate in the 2022 NHL All-Star Game, the team said Wednesday, stemming from a positive COVID-19 test result.

As a result of the test and being placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocols, Ovechkin will also miss Wednesday night's game against the Edmonton Oilers. The team did not immediately provide further details on his condition.

Ovechkin, the greatest goal-scorer of the 21st century whose time-defying play has given him a chance to become No. 1 in all of NHL history, is a 12-time All-Star and was poised to be one of the marquee names attending this year's event as well.

The NHL has not named his replacement at this time.

At the age of 36, he has continued to be one of the league's most reliable scorers this season, his trademark one-timer from the top of the left circle helping him net 29 goals in 46 games, the third-highest mark in the league. With 29 assists as well, his 56 points put him fifth-overall in the NHL scoring race.

Ovechkin's on-ice success has translated to another respectable season for the Capitals, too. Washington sits seventh in the Eastern Conference with 59 points and a 25-12-9 record.

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