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Caps' Ovechkin to miss second straight game

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jan 24 2014 02:43:49 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 24 2014 02:43:53 PM CST

Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin did not finish the team's morning skate on Friday and is scheduled to miss a second consecutive game when the Caps face New Jersey Devils Friday night.

Ovechkin missed his third game of the season on Tuesday with an undisclosed lower-body injury. He missed two games in November because of a shoulder injury.

"He went out onto the ice, [skated two laps] and then went off," Capitals coach Adam Oates said, according to "I still haven't found out why he went out so fast. I don't know if it was because it was more serious than he thought or not healing. I was hoping he might be able to go [Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens], but I don't know."

Ovechkin leads the NHL with 35 goals. He apparently sustained his most recent injury on Jan. 19 in a 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers.

The Capitals are winless (0-4-2) in their last six games before Friday.