Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin will not return to Monday’s game against the New York Rangers with a lower-body injury, the team announced.
Ovechkin made his return to lineup on Monday, after missing four games with a lower-body injury suffered against the New York Islanders on April 22.
The 35-year-old played one shift and logged 39 seconds of ice time before exiting.
Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette said Ovechkin didn't have any issues in the pregame skate, but didn't feel as good just prior to puck drop.
“He got into the game and the first shift, he didn’t feel comfortable and so again at that point we’re not going to push or risk," said Laviolette. "It wasn’t quite as good in the warmups, so he came out for a spin and decided to call it off.”
Ovechkin has 24 goals and 18 assists in 44 games this season for the Capitals.