WASHINGTON -- Capitals star forward Alexander Ovechkin was injured late in the first period of Friday's Game 5 between Washington and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
As Ovechkin was skating up the ice with 2:28 remaining in the opening frame, he was hit hard in the left knee area on a hip-check by Toronto's Nazem Kadri, who went low to deliver the blow. Ovechkin flipped in the air and lay on the ice for several minutes while his Capitals teammates went after the Maple Leafs' center.
Ovechkin slowly got up and was assisted off the ice by a pair of teammates, but returned for the second period.
Kadri was whistled for tripping, and T.J. Oshie scored a power-play goal to give Washington a 1-0 lead.
Ovechkin has three goals through the first four-plus games of the series.