Zdeno Chara returned to practice Tuesday after he missed his first game of the season, a 6-3 loss at the Boston Bruins on Sunday because of an undisclosed injury.
“That’s a real positive sign,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “I just got off the ice, but you saw him in a regular jersey and he looked good through the entire day, so I thought that was a real positive sign.”
The defenseman blocked two shots off his right ankle while on the penalty kill late in the second period of a 6-3 win at the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday but was able to finish the game.
Chara has scored nine points (two goals, seven assists) and is plus-8, averaging 18:24 of ice time in 45 games this season.
Washington (29-13-4) is first in the eight-team MassMutual East Division, two points ahead of the second-place New York Islanders. Its next game is at the Islanders on Thursday.