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Heward Status

The initial report from the Lightning is that defenseman Jamie Heward has a concussion and is going to the hospital for further evaluation.

In case you weren't watching/listening/following the game, Heward was hit into the boards by Alex Ovechkin with his head taking the full force of the blow. He didn't move on the ice for several minutes and was taken off on a stretcher, but he did have his eyes open by the time he was being wheeled out.

More to come after the game.

By Katie Carrera  |  January 1, 2009; 8:39 PM ET
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Class Act Guy .... Let's Hope for a quick recovery

Posted by: fredhilljr | January 1, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Thanks all for relaying the info from TV. Crazy game - glad the boys pulled out a win. "See" you at the VC Sat!

Posted by: --Boo-- | January 1, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

-nice to see the energy lines provide most of the offense
-Clarkie finally gets a goal
-Congrats to Collins on his first goal of his career
-I wish Heward a speedy recovery.

Overall, not a pretty game, but I'll take it.

Posted by: elicea | January 1, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

That was one of the worst games I've seen in a looooong time. Whoever makes the least costly mistakes wins. Awful hockey.

Posted by: patrone | January 1, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

We needed Brash at the end. Tocchet was looking to goon it up.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 1, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

One more point - and I'll probably get yelled at for it - but has anyone else noticed that Ovie is, well, not playing very well? For whatever reason, he's still getting tons of points (too much so for it to be all luck) - but it just seems like he's been frustrated the past 2-3 games. I don't think he's playing with the same heart we've seen in the past.

I feel like an idiot for saying this...he's got crazy points in the past few games.

Posted by: patrone | January 1, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

yes it was mostly awful. but i'm glad the caps can be on the winning end of these type games now. its so much more fun to watch them win.
33 of a possible 36 points at home.
sometimes i wish i still lived back east (well maybe not - it was t-shirt weather today) so i could see some games live.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 1, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Jamie is such a good guy, and a tough blow after managing to work his way back into the league. I hope it's better than it looked.


Posted by: TonyX | January 1, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

patrone, might be his granddad's passing. *shrugs* I'll take frustration and listlessness now over frustration and listlessness come April.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 1, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

patrone - I think Ovie is playing just fine, but I would probably agree that he hasn't been flying around and hitting everything in sight the way he sometimes does. It could be that the death of his grandfather took the tiniest bit of edge off his passion for hitting, or it could be that he just hasn't felt the need to be so ferocious these two games. Who knows?

Posted by: ccCapsfan | January 1, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

his grandfather just passed away a few days ago. i would think that he would be at least a little pre-occupied by that. he was the same way before he went home to visit his grandfather. he'll snap out of it soon.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 1, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

example of why the caps could go deeper into the playoffs this year.
7 goals by 7 different players.
gives me hope that even if the caps don't end up with any dominating games between the pipes - that they'll still be in every game.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 1, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I hope Jaime gets well soon. He's a good guy who served us well several years back.

Posted by: Terptwin | January 1, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know photoshop? Lets send a few pics of Ovie to this guy to remind him who is on top in the standings. Maybe one of our bloggers can post them for us.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 1, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Tampa was 4-0-1 coming into this game, so despite the ugliness of the win, it was still a good one. 7 goals is always nice even if the Tampa goalie helped out with some stupid plays. Nice for the Caps to keep rolling along.

Posted by: jollyroger2 | January 1, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Patrone, you're right about one thing: you're going to get yelled at.

Did you see Ovie's goal vs. Buffalo? Probably the most amazing goal scored in the NHL this year - and it was all because of his rocket-fueled determination. And you say he's not playing well???

Posted by: CAP-lanta | January 1, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what Tarik saw, but we sit right by the tunnel where Heward was wheeled out, and he was out cold - totally unconscious. Glad to hear he's moving arms and legs and that it is nothing worse than a concussion (not that that's always an easy injury to come back from.)

Posted by: plinkwired | January 1, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

At the game you could have heard a pin drop while Heward was on the ice; fans showed a lot of respect for #23...the crowd gave him a great cheer on the way out.

I hope Heward is OK...he's a class act and I enjoyed watching him while he was a Capital.

Posted by: hlalor | January 1, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

@ SA Town

Interesting. The Pen fans want a "clean cut Canadian boy" to be the face of the NHL. Wusses.

Posted by: CAP-lanta | January 1, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

pens fans are truly pitiful. they really have nothing better to do.. and they're delusional if they think that crosby is better than ovie

Posted by: jogabonito | January 1, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

someone needs to send the pensblog that photoshop floating around of crosby in that powder blue jersey with pom-poms in his hands

Posted by: jogabonito | January 1, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I have a better picture to send him. It is my avatar here. Looks like Crosby plays for the same team and a Chicago player is giving it to him : ).

Posted by: CapsSkins | January 1, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

^ I can't see it, I think you didn't put the full link up there.. but whatever it is, as long as it makes those pens fans shut up, it's fine by me

Posted by: jogabonito | January 1, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

@ SA-Town,

quote from that Pens blog: "Maybe if caps fans knew how to use a computer you could read the full article online."


Posted by: jec4p | January 1, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Sloppy sloppy game.

Thank you Mr. Smith for being a game winner for the Capitals.

Posted by: johnbear1 | January 1, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

try this one. I am the third post down caps&skins.

If not...send me your e-mail and I can send it to you.

Posted by: CapsSkins | January 1, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Mr Smith First star for Capitals!!!!!!!

Posted by: johnbear1 | January 1, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone think Ovie should have pulled up and not followed through on the hit on Jamie Heward?

Posted by: hockeymom03 | January 1, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Did you see the blog also said the "clean cut Canadian". Yeah I remember back in the playoffs when Cindy tried to grow his beard, he looked like he belonged in middle school with that peach fuzz. :)

Posted by: ludeman95 | January 1, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

ummm no...OV barely hit Heward. There was nothing wrong with that check and he didn't "follow" through...he grabbed the puck after the nudge in the side. I am still baffled how/why he went down like he did. In the slow motion replay it didn't look bad at all.

Posted by: CapsSkins | January 1, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Weren't those Pensblog Bozos trying to get A.O. into the All-Star Starting Lineup with Low Blow Cindy and Motormouth Malkin?

Posted by: CapsNut | January 1, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

@hockeymom03 - no that's why Alex is Alex. He follows through with his checks. Not his fault. Its just one of those freak accidents. Hope Jamie is ok.

Posted by: goskinsgo | January 1, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Just came back and settling down. For what it's worth:

Welcome back to the scoring sheet Chris Clark. Since coming off IR, he's seemed relaxed and gotten more info the flow of the game, and tonight was a payoff of that to some degree. Hopefully he keeps it up, it'd be nice to get him on the 2nd line at some point in the future.

Gotta love the 4th line's effort in the last 2 games, here's hoping it keeps up.

Look, including their recent play, Tampa was figuring to be a potential trap for the boys coming into it, and play all around was shabby. Typical game where the better team played down to their competition. Don't be surprised if you see this again next Friday, but in the meantime, hopefully as many healthy hands as possible come on board for the Rangers and Flyers games.

Posted by: Section117 | January 1, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Yeah you should def send that pic to them. I have a strange feeling they won't post it though. Hahaha

Posted by: ludeman95 | January 1, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

CapsSkins: hahah that one would shut them up for good =D

Posted by: jogabonito | January 1, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

I didn't even register the hit on Heward as even being a bad one until a few seconds after when he was face down on the ice and not moving. It just happened so fast! Then the next few minutes took an eternity. From where I was, I wasn't even sure who it was that was down on the ice, only that he was down... :-( I really hope for a speedy recovery for Heward, and I hope Ovi's OK, too... he looked pretty upset about it...

I will give the Caps full marks, though, for how they handled things in the aftermath, with Alzner and Schultz helping the docs across the ice safely, and with Ovechkin and at least one or two other players coming over to check on Heward... He's had some BAD luck on the ice... got sliced open by a skate in a game against Dallas a few years ago. Poor guy! :-(

Overall, the first period we looked good; the second, not so good (by a long shot), and the start of the third, until Heward's injury, we were still "off," missing passes, dropping pucks in the middle of the ice, etc. - and some of those mistakes were costly. But after Heward was taken off the ice, it broke the momentum for both teams and set both teams back to square one - and we played well after that happened.

It's a sucky way to get a reset on a game that could have turned out very badly, but at least we won. And all things considered, a concussion is a lot better than it could have been... several very scary minutes tonight... but several good moments, too:

* Clarkie finally got one! YAY CLARK!
* Collins got his first NHL goal
* Overall, it was a fairly clean game, with only one "non-restraining-type" penalty (other than too many men on the ice), and that was Clark vs. Hall...

There were a couple of really BAD calls. That "trip" called on Green was B.S. - he hit the puck first, and everybody saw it on the monitor, but the referee stood by his guns. I really wish there was a way to have penalties like that reviewed, but at least it didn't cost us anything, and Johnny stopped the penalty shot handily.

I won't say it was a pretty win, but hey - two points is two points, and I'll take 'em! :)

Posted by: irockthered | January 1, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Going to need a better effort for a full 60 when the Rangers roll into town. Can't count on Lundqvist to give away goals like Smith did tonight.

And BTW, that was a stellar officiating performance tonight, wasn't it?

Posted by: CapsHockey96 | January 1, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

^ exactly. and the rangers are definitely going to come out hard, and fast after that crazy comeback we made against them last week.

Posted by: jogabonito | January 1, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Overall, the first period we looked good;

Gotta disagree with you there. No way that team deserved to go into the locker room up by 3 considering the way they played.

And +1 on the officiating. Seriously, waving off the 4th Tampa goal because the 2nd ref/4th official was out of position? And the Detroit goal went through the same thing today? Either give the refs the chance to consult with the linesman on calls or pull the 2nd ref off, it's a fracking waste of ice.

Posted by: Section117 | January 1, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

For anyone who wasn't able to watch the game on TV, here's a highlight reel, including the whole time the docs are tending to Heward and wheeling him off.

Posted by: theGelf | January 1, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

BTW - the first question asked of Ovechkin was about the hit, and you could tell by his answer that he felt just awful about it... completely an accident. Heward turned, and Ovechkin was coming at him at speed and he just went into the glass, is what it sounds like.

A fast game, an accident. But according to the interview with Halpern, and with Tocchet, Heward was able to move, so hopefully he'll be OK. He'll be staying overnight in the hospital.

Posted by: irockthered | January 1, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

I love Ovie but still think the hit should be examined by the NHL.

I played the hit in slow motion several times. When Ovie was coming into the boards Heward was facing backwards to the boards ( he did not turn at the last second). Ovie hit him slightly to the side but ( still looks like from behind). I hope the NHL reviews the hit. Ovie is great and everyone loves him and knows there is now way he did this with any bad intent, but if the players want a safer playing environment that hit should be reviewed just like any other hit where a player is injured and not treated differently because nobody wants Ovie punished!

Heward was a great contributor to the Caps when he was here. Fans loved him. He was always so approachable by the fans at Kettler. Hope he is okay and able to get back to hockey!

Posted by: hockeymom03 | January 2, 2009 7:11 AM | Report abuse

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