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Alex Ovechkin sidelined 7-10 days

Updated: March 22, 2011, 12:59 PM ET
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ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington Capitals want Alex Ovechkin as healthy as possible for the playoffs, so he's getting some downtime.

Coach Bruce Boudreau said Monday that Ovechkin will be sidelined for seven to 10 days with an undisclosed injury.

"He's been bothered by this nagging ailment for a couple of months," Boudreau said. "We just thought we'd take care of it now. His body needs a little bit of rest. We thought this was a good time to rest his body for a week to two ...

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