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Alex Ovechkin overslept, benched after missing Capitals' morning skate

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin says he overslept and missed practice on Tuesday morning, and that's why coach Barry Trotz made him sit out that night's game against San Jose Sharks.

Star forward missed Tuesday's 5-0 loss to Sharks

The Capitals' Alex Ovechkin says he overslept and missed practice on Tuesday morning, leading to head coach Barry Trotz's benching of the star forward that night in San Jose, which blanked Washington 5-0. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin says he overslept and missed practice on 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 due to "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.

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