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Oveckin Day-To-Day

per the Caps Twitter-

Alex Ovechkin is day-to-day with a sore knee.

added 11:47am, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

We have seen what happens to talented, physical players when they start to break down or try to change their styles in an effort to squeeze more life out of their bodies. Eric Lindros was a shadow of his former self in the final years of his NHL career, a perimeter player with little impact, moments that might end up costing him a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Then there’s Todd Bertuzzi, who hasn’t been the same type of player since the Steve Moore incident.

Is it possible for Ovechkin to remain true to his nature yet alter his style to avoid these kinds of incidents? Or is this simply the way it is for the great Russian star, a kind of live-by-the-sword, die-by-the-sword mantra to which Ovechkin will adhere no matter the cost?


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Strange Night In The NHL

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Although the NHL rulebook does not specifically stipulate a fine or suspension for kneeing, supplementary discipline can be applied at the discretion of the commissioner.

And you’d have to think that’s exactly what will happen, given that Georges Laraque of the Montreal Canadiens recently received a five-game suspension for his knee-on-knee hit that injured Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall. One big difference was that Gleason came back to play the rest of the game (Kronwall’s out for at least a month), while Ovechkin looked to take the worse of the hit, leaving the game and not returning.

Ovechkin also received a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding last week when he drilled Patrick Kaleta of the Buffalo Sabres head-first into the boards. Ovechkin did not receive supplementary discipline for that hit, but likely won’t be that lucky this time around.

Although NHL vice-president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell would not say whether Ovechkin will face a hearing, he did say that Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Ballard will not be suspended for hitting his own goalie, Tomas Vokoun, with a two-handed baseball swing in the Panthers 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers.

“It will be on every sports highlight show for the next week,” Campbell said. “If that’s not enough of a punishment…”

more Ovechkin and Vokoun talk…

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Ovechkin Knee-On-Knee Hit On Gleason

In case you just follow KK Hockey, David Lee of Red and Black Hockey on KK has the video and commentary on the hit tonight.

added 8:47pm, Another video of the hit…

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Looks Like No Action Will Be Taken On The Ovechkin Hit

via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Alex Ovechkin won’t be suspended or receive an additional fine by the NHL for his hit on Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta on Wednesday night, I’m told.

After the Caps’ 2-0 victory over the Sabres, Ovechkin said he won’t let the ejection - the second of his four plus seasons in the NHL - affect the aggressive manner in which he plays the game.

“I can’t do nothing about it,” he said. “I just play my game. I’m not going to change. It’s me.”

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Oveckin Gets A Game Misconduct

from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,

Ovechkin was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta 3:38 into the third period.

According to the league rulebook, Ovechkin was hit with the major penalty at the official’s discretion, but an injury to the head or face on a major infraction is grounds for an automatic ejection. Kaleta left the ice holding his nose, and Ovechkin tossed his glove in the air in frustration as he went to the dressing room.

This is the second game misconduct in Ovechkin’s career, and both have come against the Sabres. He was ejected from a game Dec. 2, 2006 during his second NHL season for checking then-Buffalo forward Danny Briere into the boards from behind. Ovechkin was also fined earlier this season after slew-footing Atlanta’s Rich Peverley with 30 seconds left Oct. 22 at Philips Arena.

more on the Caps win…

The video is not the best quality, but here is the Ovechkin hit…

Note:  Replaced the video with a better quality one on 11/26/09 around 8:45am.

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Caps Cap Issues

Pierre LeBrun answers some fan mail…

The Washington Capitals are again poised to be one the most injury-plagued teams in the league after finishing with the fourth-most games lost last year. The problem wouldn’t be so dramatic if Michael Nylander and his ridiculous contract were over in the KHL right now. When (if ever) is something going to happen on this front and allow the Capitals to bring up the talent they really want to bring up from Hershey?...

...the Nylander situation certainly continues to drag itself out. Last week, it looked like there might be a resolution with a KHL team in Russia, but somehow that fell through. Caps GM George McPhee told me this weekend the KHL remains the target solution, but it’s a delicate and difficult process. But if you’re frustrated now, wait until this summer when Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom become restricted free agents.

It’s becoming harder and harder for the Caps to keep all these terrific young players. That’s the thing about the salary cap, you can’t keep everyone….

more plus numerous aswers from Pierre…


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Dealing With A Make-Shift Lineup

from Ted Leonis of Ted’s Take,

We lost by one goal. We lost yet another player to injury.

Last year, we were fourth in man games lost to injury. We are giving it a good run again this season to be a leader in man games lost.

Tom Poti was hurt in the first period. Hence we didn’t have Poti, Jurcina and Morrisonn on D in the lineup. We didn’t have Semin, Knuble, Gordon, Laing and Nylander in the lineup front. We didn’t have Theodore either in goal. That is goofy, huh? $25 million in payroll NOT playing.

We still could have won that game but missing this many players does scramble the game plan and the rhythm of the team. No one feels sorry for us. We can’t use injuries as an excuse. We just have to tough it out.


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Is Ovechkin The Best Left Wing In NHL History?

Adam Proteau of The Hockey News answers some email,

Adam – Gordie Howe has, for the past couple of years, expressed much admiration for Alex Ovechkin. So, even though he is just 24, I’m ready to put Ovechkin as the first team left wing on my all-time all-star team, which would have Howe at right wing, Gretzky at center and Bobby Orr at one of the ‘D’ positions.

The great Red Army goaltender, Vladislav Tretiak, strikes me as the all-time best goalie, but I could be convinced otherwise. Who would you put at goal and at the other all-time ‘D’ position?

Ovechkin would be on my all-time team as well, as would Gretzky, Howe and Orr.

However, I think your supposition that Tretiak is the best netminder would cause many a longtime hockey observer to wave his hands in the air as if he did in fact care and demand you consider Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur or Glenn Hall in that category instead.

Personally, I’d go with Brodeur. And my other defenseman would be Nicklas Lidstrom – although I could probably be persuaded to slot Ray Bourque in there.

more Q & A…

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Injury Talk

via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

The Kings’ injury updates are not good.

Ryan Smyth will not play tomorrow night and will be out “longer than that, for sure,” according to Terry Murray. Smyth, still officially listed with an upper-body injury, is scheduled to see a team doctor tomorrow for an evaluation. Hopefully we’ll know more after that.

Murray said Rob Scuderi came to the practice facility for treatment this morning but also will not play tomorrow. Murray said he is “progressing, but not ready.”

via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Semin played through the wrist injury (and other bumps and bruises) while Ovechkin was out, but apparently the wrist was not improving.

It’s unclear how much time he’ll miss.

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Theodore On Leave

via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Goalie Jose Theodore has returned to Washington for personal reasons, and the Caps have recalled Michal Neuvirth and Jay Beagle ahead of tonight’s game against the Rangers.

Neuvirth is here to back up Semyon Varlamov, and Beagle is here just in case David Steckel can’t go. Steckel took a teammate’s slap shot off the foot in practice yesterday and was last seen limping off the ice at Prudential Center.

As far as Theodore’s situation, I don’t have any details at the moment.

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