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Heward Doing Better

Less than a day after suffering a gruesome injury when Mike Modano's skate blade slashed his face, veteran defenseman Jamie Heward has been upgraded from out indefinitely to week-to-week. He could, in fact, be back in the lineup rather soon, depending on how quickly his wound heals.

Which is very good news in the wake of another scary moment for the Capitals, who knocked off the Dallas Stars, 4-3 on Thursday.

Heward was getting stitched up from 10 p.m. until about 1:30 a.m., which should give you a pretty good idea of the extent of his cut. It stretches from the bridge of his nose to his cheek, just under his left eye. It's unclear whether a visor would have helped Heward, who also suffered some nerve and muscle damage.

He is currently in the care of a plastic surgeon. The medical staff's primary focus at the moment is ensuring the cut heals with as little of a scar as possible.

It was the second scary injury for the Capitals in recent weeks. Captain Chris Clark, if you remember, lost three teeth and suffered a crushed palate bone on November 15 when a puck hit him in the mouth.

"It's a lot better than anybody thought," said Clark, who ran into Heward at Kettler Capitals Iceplex earlier this morning. Heward had already left by the time the media arrived.

"He got lucky," Clark added.

Olie Kolzig said: "I almost fainted. It was disgusting. I looked at him, at his face, it was unnerving."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 1, 2006; 1:41 PM ET
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