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Boudreau on Ovechkin: 'He's Just Resting'

Both Coach Bruce Boudreau and Alex Ovechkin said that Ovechkin is not nursing an injury after this morning's practice at KCI, where the reigning MVP was conspicuously absent from what seemed to be a pretty important on-ice session.

"He'll be practicing tomorrow, okay," Boudreau said. "Sometimes his body gets beat up because he plays so much. He just plays a lot. So he needs a little bit more rest than other guys. So he's just resting today."

When asked why he did not practice today, Ovechkin smiled and said: "Just take more day[s] off."

I'm hearing that Ovechkin's personal trainer from Russia, Dmitry Kapitonov, has come over this week to work with the Caps' star winger.

"He's not my doctor, he's my trainer," Ovechkin said when asked why Kapitanov is here.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 30, 2009; 12:33 PM ET
 
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When will people learn? The Russian Machine vill not break!!!

Posted by: CPortisRun | April 30, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

He's hurt.

Hopefully it's not bad.

Oneal

Posted by: TheRealOneal | April 30, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Phew! What relief! It is scary though to think how much we depend on Ovechkin. What if he gets a cold or sprains his ankle (God forbid)? We are so lucky this guy seems to have an iron constitution. Imagine the pressure on him!

Posted by: caraveli | April 30, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is a pure beast. He cannot be stopped. Lets Go Caps!

Posted by: mjwies11 | April 30, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, believe the team and press that he is not hurt during playoff season.

I'll say "phew" when he looks healthy on Saturday.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 30, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Crosby missed practice too because Mario forgot to go downstairs to his bedroom and wake him up with Milk and Eggs.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 30, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I heard Ovechkin has the swine flu.

Posted by: redskins2448 | April 30, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I heard Ovechkin has the swine flu.

Posted by: redskins2448 | April 30, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

LOL!!!!!

Posted by: cj658 | April 30, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Mario didn't forget. He went downstairs and Crosby had never come home. He was at, you guessed it, Gary Bettman's Pittsburg apartment. I'll let you connect the dots.

Posted by: ralph4100 | April 30, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

And when Mario Found out about Crosby staying the night at Bettmans he flew into a jelous rage cursing the day he fell the center... "Why GOD WHY!?"

Posted by: Dizzy1205 | April 30, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

"connecting the dots" =X Cherry's gonna' be p.o.'d. Crosby's cheating on him!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | April 30, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Ovie eats the Swine Flu for dessert.

Posted by: cappies | April 30, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I LIKE THE WAY THIS GOING!!!!

Posted by: bhound69 | April 30, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Thats one scary Love rectangle...

Posted by: Dizzy1205 | April 30, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Don't cry for Mario, Avery was there to comfort him. He finally realized sloppy seconds is kind of great- they are more vulnerable.

Posted by: mrszilla | April 30, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Allow me to put some unbiased perspective in this, Caps fans:

Ovie is NOT hurt, and he is NOT trying to play “mind games” with Pitt. What good would that do? Pitt is going to prepare for him regardless of his “status”, and Bruce knows this.

Bottom line is this. The truth of the matter is, this is a lot more than a playoff series between the Caps and Pens. This a lot more than just a few playoff games for Ovie. This is the beginning of his legacy, right here, right now. He just happens to be going up against the only man in his way of being regarded the NHL’s best player. That man is #87. Ovie and his marketers, trainers, etc, all know if he beats #87 and moves on to the ECF’s there will be no more doubts as to who is the face of the NHL. If #87 wins, than all of the naysayers will simply say he can’t win the big one, and can’t get past #87. This series is GIGANTIC for Ovie and the Caps, but it is more important to Ovie, than any other player on the team. Don’t get me wrong, he is not more important than the team goal, but this series means more to him individually than any other player on the Caps.

He is resting, and getting his mind right. He brought his trainer in, a Russian that he trusts, and knows. It is about mental preparation, just as much as physical preparation. He played his a$$ off in the Rangers series, and delivered far more hits than anyone else on the Caps roster.

The Rangers series proved a lot. It proved that they do not need to rely on Ovie to get goals. More importantly, it proved that Semin is just as capable of scoring as Ovie. Semin would be THE # 1 OPTION on 75% of the teams in the NHL. If he didn’t miss over 20 games, he would have finished in the top 5 in scoring, and goals. Ovie is needed for his physicality, leadership, and of course his ability to create offense single-handily.

He is fine, he is getting his mind and body rested, for what will be the biggest games of his young career.

Posted by: cj658 | April 30, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

@ Tarik...

Can you make a post about the Masterton Trophy nominees that were annouced today and how Brian Pothier was skipped over... he is a clear cut nominee IMO

Posted by: k_immi_e | April 30, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Circus begins... NHL.com has just updated with tons of Ovie-Crosby feud nonsense. UGH!

Posted by: cappies | April 30, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

"Whether the Capitals reach such a status this season may well depend on how they do in this compact series. There are no two-day breaks and the teams, if necessary, will play Game 4 (in Pittsburgh) and Game 5 (in Washington) on successive days."

Again folks, he is resting. Enough said

Posted by: cj658 | April 30, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

If Sid's at Gary's,
Don is crying,
Mario and Sean are each others sloppy seconds,
Is Geno taking on Gary's ugly BFF Colin Campbell. If Colin finds out about Sean and Mario, Sean might get suspended for butt ending another player after the whistle.

Posted by: cadlecreek1 | April 30, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

everyone is hurting in the playoffs, and not doubt ovie is more than others given the way he plays. i'm guessing missing a day of practice wont hurt his game too much.

did y'all catch ted's blog post this morning? the reason we have back to back games 4/5 is because the pittsburgh arena booked concerts against NHL rules. no doubt its the jonas brothers and cindy has front row seats.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | April 30, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

ha ha. actually i checked the mellon arena web site. they booked yanni for 5/12, which is when game 6 should have been if they were going every other day. i still say cindy has back stage passes for that one.

ps. jonas brothers are there in late july.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | April 30, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

@CJ

You said alot, so i'll keep this brief. Are sitting in Ovie's home right now?? How do you know anything #8 is thinking or preparing? What are your sources? Is this your gestimated opinion?? FYI this isn't the "BIG ONE", that would be 2 series from now. Ovie can't win this himself. Naysayers will put that tag on him if they lose and he gets shut out or kept in check. He's already provided this team with enough leadership for the next 3 seasons. It's a big series (circus), but far from the BIG ONE.

Posted by: bhound69 | April 30, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

YANNI!!!! in Pittsburgh??? When did they get all cultural?? Must be a private concert for Cindy and Eve.

Posted by: bhound69 | April 30, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

No Bloodhound, you are wrong. Every series from here on out is the “big one”. Why? Because Ovie has never been here before. Of course you say the Cup is the big one, but until the Caps make it there, than round 2 is the “big one”. Plain and simple, one series at a time. It’s not me who think this, it’s the media. It’s Ovie vs #87, even though both are surrounded with exceptional talent. It’s all about marketing, so yes, this is the “big one”. Ovie knows how important it is to get the monkey off the back. Unless he fell down the steps at his home, he is not hurt. He played HUGE minutes in the 3rd period on Tuesday, and was skating fine.

Posted by: cj658 | April 30, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

You know what I think is great? The Caps relied more on the non-allstars than the allstars. OV, Semin, Backs were all good, but not great. Unexpected players rose to the occassion: Erskine, Bradley, Varmalov, Poti, Steckel, Kozlov, Federov, Morrison, Jurnica, and Pothier. I think this makes the Caps a lot more formidible than a one-dimensional team. BB kept preaching that the secondary is necessary for winning. What a shocker that BB was right. Btw -- Fehr and Flash showing up with a couple goals would really help.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | April 30, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see prima donna boy Ovie bringing in his personal trainer.

Posted by: dan_comet | April 30, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

@dcsportsfan1 - YANNI??! We're being forced into back-to-back games for YANNI?!?!?!

Don't get me wrong. I love the man's music... but... YANNI?!?!?!?!?!!

W.T.Eff!

Posted by: irockthered | April 30, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

cadlecreek1-

Amazing sum up of the chain of emotional damage due to Cindy's infidelities. Cindy, its all your fault. (and its keeping me from this debate about whether or not we should worry about Ovie, which I don't even want to think about)

Posted by: mrszilla | April 30, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

where are the trolls? or are they coming on friday?

STH's: Y'all better not sell your tickets to Pens fans! I will send Cheef to your house to talk about GMGM if you do!

Posted by: Leeguru | April 30, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Only in Cindyland could the NHL get b!tchslapped by Yanni.

Posted by: mrszilla | April 30, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

irock,
you love yanni? ugh.
but anyway, my qustion is, does yanni really need to play a 16K seat arena? shouldn't he be playing the pittsburgh supper club or some coffee house?

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | April 30, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

One second.
One minute.
One play.
One frame.
One game at a time.

Keep Lord Stanly out of it until we're done with round 2.

And keep game 2, 3, 4... out of it until we're done with game 1.

One thing at a time.

I applaud Ovechkin for bringing in his personal trainer. That lets the team's trainers concentrate on the rest of the team and not just him. It's a very selfless move on his part, IMO, because the way he plays, he probably would take up a lot of any trainer's time, just keeping himself in one piece.

Let the man rest for a day for heaven's sake! He's a beast. The reason the Russian Machine doesn't break is that he TAKES maintenance days from time to time. Give him a break!

Puck drop is in less than 48 hours now... LET'S GO, CAPS!!!

Posted by: irockthered | April 30, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

some love from the WorldWide leader In Misreporting Mike Green Suspensions:

"They don't get much credit, but the six-man blue-line group of Mike Green, Shaone Morrisonn, Tom Poti, Brian Pothier, John Erskine and Milan Jurcina had a heck a series. Aside from the opening 4-3, Game 1 loss, they protected goalie Simeon Varlamov really well.

On Tuesday night, they limited the Rangers to only one shot on goal in the third period.

The Caps earn much attention for their offensive stars and dazzling goals, but credit Boudreau and his staff for tightening up the defense in the playoffs and showing another facet of their game. Pothier and Poti, especially, had terrific Game 7 performances."
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4110858&name=09cupplayoffsblog

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 30, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

@CJ That man is #87. Ovie and his marketers, trainers, etc, all know if he beats #87 and moves on to the ECF’s there will be no more doubts as to who is the face of the NHL.
"""""""""""""""""""""""""""

You know this for a fact? How about we sweep Pitt.....BUT NHL still thinks #87 is still more marketable, better english, better looking, whatever. How do you know what the outcome will be? I'm betting on the Canadian guy. Regardless of the outcome. on another note the B is for Booze, not Blood. THX. Just want a cup and a silly parade.

Go Caps!

Posted by: bhound69 | April 30, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

@IROCKTHERED

Who are you Knute Rockne's cousin?

Thats was great!

Posted by: bhound69 | April 30, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

ovie had an interview with espn and barry melrose

Posted by: jim_miller4242 | April 30, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey a series against the Pens and there are trolls on a Caps blog. I'm shocked!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | April 30, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Am I a troll?

Posted by: cj658 | April 30, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Whats a good Pittsburgh blog? The Gazette or one of the TV stations? Someone must know a good and popular one where there fans gather like we do. Let me know!

Posted by: bhound69 | April 30, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Hi.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 30, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

you know Steinberg can't wait for his in-box to fill with hate from pens fans!!!! He's probably delighted about this match-up. The Penguins always bring out the absurd creativity in Capitals fans :) You thought red ponchos behind the Rangers beanch in game 7 was fun? Oh boy, saturday shall be a feast!

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 30, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

@CJ No

@redbird......are you suggesting...ahemmm...pacifiers...ahemmem???

Posted by: bhound69 | April 30, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see prima donna boy Ovie bringing in his personal trainer.

Posted by: dan_comet

First troll sighting!

Posted by: snakegriffin | April 30, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I think cj658 is spot on re: the stakes of the series. NBC is already calling Ovechkin the "best" player in the NHL - but it will come down to this series for AT LEAST the next year.

Posted by: ralph4100 | April 30, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I totally understand wanting to create a rivalry and all that, Cindy and Ovie are two ridiculously talented people, same age group etc. And yes it's going to make this series more hyped up and exciting than others.

But does anyone in here actually care who the NHL picks are their "poster boy"?? Just because they pick one doesn't mean the other's skill and attention is negated!! All I know is that one on one, Ovie would bury Crosby and that's all I care about. They are to totally different players, but if you are forced to compare them- Ovie is the more complete player. The league makes tons of decisions that we disagree with, so who cares, they can have Crosby for their posters, doesn't mean Ovie wont dominate.

And btw why is everyone assuming that they have to pick one? I think it works way better having both, battle btw purists and showmen would appease all fans.

Posted by: mrszilla | April 30, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

http://www.thepensblog.com/


This is the main blog. I think it has the most traffic of Pens fans. I hate to admit it, but a lot of it is funny.

Posted by: cj658 | April 30, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I mean seriously folks, what parents out there would name their baby boy Sidney? He was supposed to be a girl.... connect those dots!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 30, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I didn't discount the stakes or worth of the series. It's worth alot more to the press right now! It's ONE of the BIG ONE's. Thats just inane. Caps haven't won Richard, either has Pitt. It's big, it's the conf semi's not that big if you look a t the whole picture. Every year, one winner and 30 losers.

Posted by: bhound69 | April 30, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I just fired....for "connecting dots" all afternoon.....How long 'til faceoff??

Posted by: bhound69 | April 30, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

cj658-

hahaha thanks for the link... first article is about how caps fans/ted are putting fake tickets online to fool pens fans. dont know if its true but it's pretty funny, kind of like blocking the area codes.

only sell your tickets to caps fans!!!

Posted by: mrszilla | April 30, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

TY CJ!!!!! I heading there now!

Posted by: bhound69 | April 30, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm interested in how most of the pundits are giving a nod to MAF over Varmalov. Goalies in the playoffs get streaky, they get hot or cold. Look at save %'s and body language -- Varly is hotter than Fluery. Yes, the Rags are not the Flyers; yes, goalies are streaky, so streaks can change; yes, Fleury has been to the finals. However, Varly -- right now -- is hotter. MAF is very prone to ups and downs -- look at how many times he has been yanked as the starter. I think Varly is an X factor along with secondary scoring. I'm much happier to see Fleury than Thomas, Ward, or Brodeur (yes, I know he is gone and wasn't great this or last year -- but he can be incredible).

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | April 30, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, there photoshops are hilarious. Go to page 2 in the comments from the first post about Ted and look at the pics. There comical. The fans all sound like arrogant pricks, but they are creative.

Posted by: cj658 | April 30, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

playing the penguins draws so many morons to the boards. the comments from ralph4100, Dizzy1205, LeftCoastCapsFan, & mrszilla reveal a class of so called "fans" who are interested in the jersey, yelling woot, and making random insults against other teams without ever having developed an understanding of the sport in question. go back to the football forums where you belong.

Posted by: am_jim | April 30, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

@snakegriffin: Where?!! Where?!!!

*pounds dan_comet with a foam bat like at the whack-a-mole game at a carnival*

There! That should do it!

More, please, more! =)

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | April 30, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

@am_jim: Where exactly do you go off criticizing any fans' level of maturity? You're clearly a Penguins fan since you're clearly hurt by the allegations made about Cindy's infidelity. Get over yourself, dude. You're no better than anyone. Judgmental turd.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | April 30, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Want to know who is better Ovechkin or Crosby? Imagine this scenario. Ovie hits Crosby a la Brashear on Betts. Crosby is knocked out of the series and Ovechkin is suspended for the balance. I'm guessing that even the most optimistic Caps fan, thinks they lose the series. The Caps would still have Backstrom, Semin and Green. Pens would still have Malkin, etc....

Posted by: JoeWho | April 30, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

@am_jim: I know enough to know that in any arena, sucker punching a guy in the sack is not great hockey. I know enough to know that pulling a guy's sweater over them and then flailing your arms at them is not great hockey. I know that regardless of where a player was born, does not make them any better than another player born somewhere else. I know that humor is part of the heckling of an opposing team and involves a fan's love for their home team. Get off your high horse, dude. You're pathetic in your judgmental comment. Go back into your cave, troll.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | April 30, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I think we've shown that even if Ovi isn't available, that we have more than enough stars on our team to make up the difference or put up a fight. It's interesting how people insist that the Capitals are made of just Ovi. The Rangers' series proved that we've got more than capable players who can and have stepped up.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | April 30, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

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