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Clark (Non) Update

I don't know anything new about the injury to Chris Clark because everyone was gone by the time I finished writing my gamer. So I suppose we'll have to wait until morning for some news on him since the team is in the air right now.

I will say that judging from Coach Hanlon's reaction in the post-game presser and Ovechkin's comments afterward, Clark was in a word of hurt. Sounds like lots of stitches were required (Clark was struck on the left ear by a Ovechkin slap shot in the final minute. There was quite a bit of blood on the ice when he finally was helped to his skates).

From past experience, wounds like that would cause a player to miss at least a game. But then again, we are talking about a player who lost three teeth last season and then finished his shift.

I'll try to have an update before I fly to St. Louis in the late morning.

Poti, meantime, is traveling with the team, I'm told, and will be a game time decision.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 26, 2007; 11:57 PM ET
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Clark looked pretty bad from my seat. I hope he's okay. Prayers for a speedy recovery!!!! Tarik, Please do keep us posted.

Posted by: Tracy | October 27, 2007 12:16 AM | Report abuse

I'd consider investing in ear flaps (as ridiculous as that would look) if I was going to attempt the "Holmstrom" role..


Posted by: Oneal | October 27, 2007 12:18 AM | Report abuse

I hate to only write negative comments, but this loss was disgusting. The Canucks are beatable team, I don't care how good Luongo is. I thought this would be a sure win, I was wrong. Frigging play Sutherby, he might not score, but he can add life to this hockey team. I would play Eminger too, just to shake things up. I really think some of the players have tuned out Hanlon.

Posted by: Pete Peeters | October 27, 2007 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Clark Update | October 27, 2007 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Way too many penalties. The ice in the phone booth sucks. Get it fixed before next game--physical conditions can be more easily fixed than personnel. Looks like a long season for Caps fans. I thought we would be much better than we are and it hurts to say that.

Posted by: Doug | October 27, 2007 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Ear flaps are really not that bad. If you get consumer helmets, they already have them. It is just a piece of plastic that has a hole in the middle and fits right over the ear. Then again, he doesn't wear a visor either and I'm sure his ears are less of a concern the his face.

Posted by: M | October 27, 2007 5:38 AM | Report abuse

But man it really did look bad, even all the way across the ice. =(

Posted by: M | October 27, 2007 5:39 AM | Report abuse

clark rules. here's hoping for a speedy recovery.

power play looked much better last night, so at least that's a positive.

Posted by: pgreene | October 27, 2007 6:44 AM | Report abuse

Nonsense...Tis but a flesh wound.

If anybody can tape it and play, Clarkie is the guy.

Posted by: pmoravek | October 27, 2007 7:32 AM | Report abuse

I hope Clarkie is ok. What a courageous athlete he is. If anyone can do it, he can. This looks to be another up and down season for our Caps. Maybe they'll be a .500 team, if they get a few breaks.
Playoffs? Forget about it. 1-3 in a critical homestead and now a long road trip to some tough cities doesn't bode well, IMHO.

Posted by: kenhockey | October 27, 2007 8:00 AM | Report abuse

ClarkUpdate: Thanks for posting the link. THANK GOODNESS Clarkie will be okay. That was one heck of a shot he took to the head.

kenhockey: Have faith in the team. We are going to make the playoffs!!! They want to get there as much as we do.

Posted by: Tracy | October 27, 2007 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Against the bolts, Clark was a difference maker.
Semin missing the begining of the season, and now this. Did someone VooDoo the Caps this year?

Posted by: Bigsby | October 27, 2007 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Hey Tarik,
saw you on tv just before the game :D

I have the feeling that coach Hanlon is tuned out, as Peter said... what do you think? Your impressions are crucial, since you're so close to the team.

Posted by: mauree | October 27, 2007 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Yay! Way to go Peeters!! A lot of fans miss #16 and wonder why is a consistent "healthy" scratch. Boo, hiss.

Posted by: Wanda | October 27, 2007 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Make that why he is a consistent "healthy" scratch.

Posted by: Wanda | October 27, 2007 9:25 AM | Report abuse

If Clark is unable to play.
Is Sutherby the right choice to slide up to that first line RW spot?

They are similar types of players.

Posted by: pmoravek | October 27, 2007 10:18 AM | Report abuse

I keep hearing about the bad ice surface at Verizon. I would think that Ted also has heard about it. It's old news. Why hasn't anything been done to correct it? Or, is it not able to be corrected? NHL players should have NHL rinks to play their home games in.

Posted by: kenhockey | October 27, 2007 10:38 AM | Report abuse

My guess is that Clark will be dressed and on the bench. He will see ice time. It will not be a lot.

His injury is painful to say the least, but he's a gritty player and takes the Captaincy seriously. Hanlon has no clue what he's got in Clark (otherwise would he have put him on the checking line and a 2-left footed AHL'er on first?).

My guess is that Flash would go up, but with Hanlon misdirecting things it'll probably be Motzko...or Sutherby.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 27, 2007 10:44 AM | Report abuse

News flash: Clarkie is out of tonight's game. Is Fleishmann a suitable replacement for him? Sutsie seems to be missing in action again.

Posted by: Wanda | October 27, 2007 11:02 AM | Report abuse

If anyone can suck it up, Clark can.

A couple of questions:

Has Kerry Fraser ever called a fair game for the Caps?

If the Caps' management wants a speedy team, why not have speedy ice? Or does the ice simply reflect the Caps' status as lesser tenants in the phonebooth?

Posted by: Clarendon | October 27, 2007 11:06 AM | Report abuse

On Vogel's report on the Caps website it says that Clark didnt accompany the team to St. Louis.

I hope he is able to bounce back quickly.

Posted by: Jordana | October 27, 2007 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Clarkie will bounce back - just like a puck on home ice!

Posted by: Wanda | October 27, 2007 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Why do you all think it's the ice. The ice has been the same for years, the only thing that has changed is the guy sharpening the skates.

Posted by: I blew my edge and I can't get up | October 27, 2007 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute.. the ICE at Verizon Center is to blame for their poor showing? I do the math and come up with far more than that pathetic excuse. These guys lose on the road as well...

Perhaps Clark's financial investment in a competing ice plant vendor (JetIce currently provides the ice plant equipment at VZ Center) motivates his blame. He's been pushing that company's product at the Center ever since he showed up.

Bottom line, guys and girls... Mr. Leonsis and crew are not delivering on their pre-season promises and we need to hold them accountable. No more ice excuses, no more rebuilding excuses, no more settling for mediocrity.

Oh, and Sluggo NEVER sharpened skates! It's always been Woody/Buckshot and they are still doing it.

Posted by: CapsLover | November 19, 2007 1:47 PM | Report abuse

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