Alex Ovechkin was involved in a nasty collision with teammate Mike Knuble during Thursday's practice, but the Washington Capitals' superstar appears to be just fine.
Suddenly, one could say the same about the Capitals' playoff chances.
Washington looks for a fifth straight win as it continues a five-game road trip Friday night in Winnipeg, where the Jets hope to pull within two points of their Southeast Division rival for the Eastern Conference's eighth playoff spot.
Ovechkin and Knuble ran into each other during a drill Thursday morning, and though the two-time Hart Trophy winner stayed face down on the ice for a few minutes, the Capitals (36-28-6) said he merely had the wind knocked out of him.
That's good news for Washington, which is playing perhaps its best hockey since opening the season with seven consecutive wins. The Capitals' fourth straight victory in this run was their most impressive, as Ovechkin's two goals sparked a rally from three down and he scored in the shoot...