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Lower-body injury sidelines Capitals star Alex Ovechkin against Senators

Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 7:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON - Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, who is the NHL's leading goal scorer, will miss Tuesday's game against the Ottawa Senators with a lower-body injury.

Ovechkin, who has 35 goals on the season, scored and played to the end of Sunday's 4-1 loss at the New York Rangers, but sat out Tuesday's morning skate.

"He got a little banged up against the Rangers," Washington coach Adam Oates said on Tuesday morning. "He knows his body. He's been hurt before. He knows whether or not he can go."

The absence of Ovechkin, last year's Hart Trophy winner, comes at a difficult time for the Capitals who have lost five straight.

This will be the third game Ovechkin has missed this season. Washington won the previous two, both in November. The Capitals have a 13-8-2 record in games missed by Ovechkin in his career.

During its five-game skid, Washington has just seven goals, three by Ovechkin.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory