Alex Ovechkin on when he knew he'd be playing Opening Night: 'After Philly game'

Alex Ovechkin on when he knew he'd be playing Opening Night: 'After Philly game'

Alex Ovechkin’s injury status was a major storyline headed into the Capitals-Rangers’ season-opening game on Wednesday. Would Ovechkin, who suffered a lower-body injury in the Caps’ preseason finale against the Philadelphia Flyers, actually suit up? “Um, after Philly game,” Ovechkin said with a perfectly straight face. Reporters laughed, causing Ovechkin to flash a wry smile. Was he serious? Ovechkin was then asked how he was feeling physically after all of the injury concerns. “It’s ok,” Ovechkin said. “Feeling good.” He then turned his face and looked directly at the reporter. The media giggled more perhaps because it was getting a little awkward turtle. So was Ovechkin employing some serious gamesmanship against the New York Rangers or did he have his mind made up there was nothing stopping him from playing …
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