WASHINGTON – Alex Ovechkin decided to skip the All-Star weekend in San Jose to get extra rest and will serve as an automatic suspension for a match.
Washington's capitals announced Ovechkin's decision Wednesday. The team says the league's leading scorer wants to take advantage of the next week in order to prepare for the second half of the season.
The last match in Washington before the break from All-Star is January 23 in Toronto. The game of all stars is January 26, and the capitals do not play again until February 1 against Calgary.
It is not clear when Ovechkin will be suspended. The NHL recently set up an automatic suspension for a player for players who chose not to take part in the All-Star Weekend, except in the event of injury.
Fans voted Ovechkin, the ruling play-off MVP, as captain of the Metropolitan All-Star Team.
The rest of all the stars will be discovered on Wednesday night.