Ovechkin pulls out Capitals game against Maple Leafs with injury

Alex Ovechkin walked out of Sunday’s Washington Capitals game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Capital One Arena in the third period with an upper-body injury.

Ovechkin stumbled over Maple Leafs goalie Erik Kallgren’s bat after 41:58 minutes and crashed left arm first into the rink. The Capitals winger stayed down until the game was called off at 42:03, then slowly got up and headed to the dressing room. He didn’t return.

The Russian has played in 77 of the Capitals’ 79 games this season. The 36-year-old missed the games against the Edmonton Oilers on Feb. 2 and the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 10 while undergoing NHL COVID-19 protocol.

He leads the Capitals and is the fourth-best scoring player in the NHL with 50 goals this season. He equaled Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy’s NHL record when he scored at least 50 goals for the ninth time in his 17-year NHL career in Wednesday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Vegas Golden Knights.

Ovechkin is third in NHL history with a total of 780 goals. He is 21 behind Gordie Howe, who is second with 801 goals, and 114 behind Gretzky’s NHL record of 894.