Capitals fined $100K for breaking COVID protocol; Ovechkin, Kuznetsov among absences

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James O'Brien
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Mark down the Washington Capitals as the first team the NHL fined for breaking COVID protocols. Specifically, the NHL fined the Capitals $100K for “player violations” stemming from “social interactions among team members who were in close contact and who were not wearing face coverings.”

If that wasn’t already bad enough news for the Capitals, big names landed on the NHL’s COVID-related protocol absences list. Four Capitals are currently listed: Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, and Ilya Samsonov.

It’s not year clean when, exactly, the Capitals’ protocol-breaking “social interactions” happened. So far, the Capitals faced the Sabres on Jan. 14 and 15, then took on the Penguins on Jan. 17 and 19. As of this moment, the Capitals are still scheduled to face the Sabres on Friday (Jan. 22).

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James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

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