Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will miss All-Star game due to COVID

Nov 24, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) fist bumps with his son Sergei (L) through the glass after the Capitals' game against the Montreal Canadiens at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this weekend’s All-Star Game in Las Vegas.

Ovechkin, 36, also will sit out Wednesday night’s contest against the visiting Edmonton Oilers, the Caps’ final game before the break.

A three-time Hart Trophy recipient, Ovechkin is a 12-time All-Star.

Ovechkin entered Wednesday fifth in the NHL with 58 points (29 goals, 29 assists) in 46 games. He went without a point on five shots in Tuesday night’s 4-3 overtime win over Pittsburgh.

The Capitals enter play Wednesday in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division with a 25-12-9 record. They have won two consecutive games.

–Field Level Media