Alex Ovechkin played on fractured foot

Ovechkin finished series against Rangers on a fractured foot

5/17/13 in NHL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Apr 23, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates after scoring an empty net goal against the Winnipeg Jets in the third period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 5-3 and clinched the Southeast Division championship. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsOften times, it appears that Washington Capitals' left wing Alex Ovechkin is simply a different breed of hockey player. Despite a drop off in production the past couple seasons, Ovie managed to lead the NHL in goals for the third time in his eight year career, and led the league in goals created for the fourth time.

Unfortunately, Ovechkin's impressive season ended in disappointing fashion, as his Capitals squandered a 3-2 series lead to the New York Rangers, losing in seven games. In the final two games of the series (both losses), Ovechkin managed six shots on goal and registered no points.

However, there may be a reason for the fierce goal scorer's uncharacteristic play - the Capitals confirmed Thursday that Ovechkin suffered a fracture in his left foot during Game 6 against the Rangers. Ovechkin told the Washington Post's Katie Carrera that he had some "bruises," but claimed that he was relatively healthy and nothing injury-related affected his performance. Of course, a foot fracture would be considered by most to be more serious than a "bruise."

The injury will reportedly not require surgery, and Ovechkin is not risking further injury by playing on his gimpy foot, so he opted to finish out the series against the Rangers, and even played for Russia in the IIHF World Championships. Ovechkin notched a goal and an assist in a loss to the United States on Thursday.

Despite his impressive regular season production, people will likely continue to question Ovechkin's play, as he finished a critical seven game series with only two points (one goal, one assist). Though his ailment may take away some of the blame, he failed to register a point in the three games prior to the injury. It's unclear if the fracture had anything to do with his lack of production.
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