Huet's Hurting; Ovechkin Gets a New Tooth
The Caps were smiling and joking around on the ice at KCI after last night's 10-2 rout of Boston. All but three players (Boyd Gordon, Sergei Fedorov and Milan Jurcina) factored into the scoring, the team's highest output since 2003.
But all the news was not good: goaltender Cristobal Huet, who suffered back spasm in the second period, did not practice. He said he's feeling better and that he's traveling to Buffalo, but it doesn't appear that he's going to start. In fact, all three goalies -- Huet, Olie Kolzig and Brent Johnson -- are going, according to Coach Bruce Boudreau.
Boudreau did not announce the starter for tomorrow night's game, but it would appear that Kolzig will be the man.
Meantime, Alex Ovechkin was talking to owner Ted Leonsis in the dressing room when he pulled a tooth out of his pocket. Apparently, the team dentist has asked him to start wearing it because the gap is starting cause tooth crowding.
Ovechkin didn't look so happpy when he shoved the tooth back in his pocket.
Ovechkin also mentioned something interesting: he said that during his slump, he was helped by his personal trainer. Not the team trainer, a trainer he flew in from Russia late last month.
Update:Heut said he's feeling better, adding that this is his first bout with back spasms, a tightening of the lower back muscles. But he's going to wait until tomorrow before deciding whether to suit up, even in a backup capacity.
"It's very tight and there is certain movement you can't do," he said.
Boudreau added: "Back spasms are back spasms. I don't know much about them. I don't know if it's going to be one day or a five day thing."
I hope to have a little more for you later, but I'm rushing to finish up my story for tomorrow's paper because I'm scheduled to be in studio for Washington Post Live in a few hours with Leonsis.
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