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Capitals Share Tuesday Injury Update On Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin looks on during a game.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 23: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals looks on against the Boston Bruins in the first period in Game Five of the First Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena on May 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin was injured late in Sunday night's game, but fortunately, it doesn't appear to be serious.

Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette told reporters he is "optimistic" that Ovechkin will be available for the team's first playoff game next week. The NHL regular season ends on Friday, with the first round of the postseason beginning next Monday.

Ovechkin suffered an "upper body injury" in the third period his team's shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs two nights ago. The 36-year-old forward tripped over Toronto goalie Erik Kallgren’s outstretched stick and slammed into the boards.

Ovechkin's teammate T.J. Oshie said after the game he expected the captain to be "all right."

The Capitals have already clinched a postseason spot, but are still waiting to see who they will play. The Eastern Conference seeding is up for grabs heading into the final days of the regular season.

In 77 games this season, Ovechkin has scored 50 goals and dished out 40 assists for the Capitals, who are 44-23-12 with three games remaining.