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Lower-body injury sidelines Capitals star Alex Ovechkin against Senators


New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) keeps his eye on the puck as it sails by his face after Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8) took a shot on Lundqvist in the third period of their NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. The Rangers defeated the Capitals 4-1. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (The Associated Press)

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, who is the NHL's leading goal scorer, will miss Tuesday's game against the Ottawa Senators with a lower-body injury.

Ovechkin, who has 35 goals on the season, scored and played to the end of Sunday's 4-1 loss at the New York Rangers, but sat out Tuesday's morning skate.

"He got a little banged up against the Rangers," Washington coach Adam Oates said on Tuesday morning. "He knows his body. He's been hurt before. He knows whether or not he can go."

The absence of Ovechkin, last year's Hart Trophy winner, comes at a difficult time for the Capitals who have lost five straight.

This will be the third game Ovechkin has missed this season. Washington won the previous two, both in November. The Capitals have a 13-8-2 record in games missed by Ovechkin in his career.

During its five-game skid, Washington has just seven goals, three by Ovechkin.