In Tuesday’s shutout loss to the San Jose Sharks, the Washington Capitals were without one of the league’s best wingers, Alex Ovechkin.
The team didn’t give a reason for his absence, but on Wednesday it was revealed that Ovechkin missed practice because he overslept and was subsequently kept out of Tuesday’s game, according to the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan.
Ovechkin fell to the ol’ gem of setting an alarm for p.m. instead of a.m.
Prior to the game it was stated by the team that he was missing the game for “personal reasons.” Afterwards, coach Barry Trotz said:
“I’m sorry, it’s personal and that’s why it’s called personal,” Trotz said. “But he will be on the ice, and I expect him fully to be playing against the Chicago Blackhawks [on Thursday].
“We could’ve used him tonight. He’s a great player. There’s no question about it. He’s our captain, he’s our leader, he can make us go offensively. But we didn’t have him today, and that’s no excuse. We’ve got to play way better. Our game didn’t stack up.”
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Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.