Ovechkin to skip NHL All-Star Recreation, be suspended 1 sport

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Alex Ovechkin will skip the NHL’s All-Star Weekend in San Jose to get some further relaxation and serve an computerized one-game suspension.

The Washington Capitals introduced Ovechkin’s choice Wednesday, hours earlier than the league unveiled the complete All-Star rosters. The group stated the NHL’s main goal-scorer desires to make the most of the adjoining bye week to arrange for the second half of the season.

“My physique wants a relaxation,” Ovechkin stated after observe Wednesday. The 33-year-old Russian has performed in 202 consecutive regular-season video games and leads the Capitals with 45 factors in 33 video games this season.

Washington’s last sport earlier than the All-Star break is Jan. 23 at Toronto. The All-Star sport is Jan. 26, and the Capitals don’t play once more till Feb. 1 towards Calgary.

Deputy Commissioner Invoice Daly confirmed Ovechkin should miss both the sport earlier than or after the All-Star break. The NHL not too long ago instituted an computerized one-game suspension for gamers who selected to not take part in All-Star Weekend, besides in circumstances of harm.

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Followers voted Ovechkin, the reigning playoff MVP, because the captain of the Metropolitan Division All-Star group. With Ovechkin not going, the defending Stanley Cup champions will likely be represented by goaltender Braden Holtby and defenseman John Carlson on a Metropolitan group that additionally contains Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

Toronto’s Auston Matthews is captain for the Atlantic Division group that features teammate John Tavares, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos from the league-leading Lightning and Buffalo’s Jack Eichel.

Together with Central Division captain Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado teammate Mikko Rantanen was named an All-Star together with Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne and Roman Josi. Edmonton’s Connor McDavid is the captain of the Pacific Division group that features three gamers from the host San Jose Sharks: captain Joe Pavelski and defensemen Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson.

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