ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin says he overslept and missed practice Tuesday morning, and that's why coach Barry Trotz made him sit out that night's game against San Jose Sharks.
The Capitals said on Tuesday that Ovechkin missed the game for "personal reasons." Ovechkin spoke to reporters after Wednesday's practice, saying he made a mistake setting his alarm clock.
He set the alarm clock for 8:30 p.m. instead of a.m., which caused him to oversleep and arrive at practice late. Ovechkin said Trotz then told the Capitals captain he would not play in the game for violating team rules.