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Not much to report here, but I should get on the record that both Alex Ovechkin and Matt Pettinger did not practice today.

Ovechkin, who racked up three assists last night in the 5-1 win over Montreal but hasn't scored a goal in five games, his longest drought of the season, is suffering from a minor "lower body injury", it was revealed. He also did not skate on Tuesday, but according to Coach Hanlon, will be in the lineup against Atlanta on Saturday.

Pettinger, meantime, got crushed by Canadiens defenseman Francis Bouillon in the second period and is nursing something. It's likely the shoulder injury that's dogged him all year. He said he hopes to play Saturday, but will wait until after the morning skate before deciding whether he can go.

I've got to run do an online chat on www.washingtonpost.com. So if you've got any questions for me, submit them now.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 5, 2007; 1:25 PM ET
 
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Hmmm, gutless spear by Briere in the last game Ovy scored... coincidence? I think not. God The all star break cannot get here soon enough! At least we know the caps will beat the flyers, and hopefully take a point out of the Atlanta game.

Posted by: Graham | January 5, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Tarik - as a fan of hockey, I thought you may want to check this site out www.hockeyfansunite.com.

Sorry to post it here but I had no luck trying to finding your email addy.

And yes, I am betting the lower body injury was the result of Briere's stick. Too bad Briere wouldn't man up and answer the bell with Ovey came calling with a legit challenge.

Posted by: Hannibal | January 5, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

A little off topic and more to do with the online chat: I was really bothered by the post from the guy who requested that fighting be taken out of the highlights so as not to offend his 4 year old. I understand that kids might get mixed messages, but what really pisses me off is that this guy asked for fights to be removed when what he should have done is request a seperate group of highlights for kids. If there was an option to view kid friendly highlights (a few clicks at most) then the concerned parent could have his peace of mind and older fans can have their excitement. I'm bothered most by the selfishness and "me first" attitude. Now I have to go through the trouble of emailing Ted, yadda yadda yadda. Hey, Dad, so glad that everyone else has to lose out so that you can gain. Nice job, stupid.

Posted by: Kerplunk | January 5, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't disagree more. If Ted wants future crowds Ted needs to rely on families. I'm a season plan holder and have been throughout the life of the phone booth, and I think the fights are embarassing at times. This guy who wrote in the chat wants to help garner a future fan or player, and he can't watch the highlights with his kid on the Caps' site. There's nothing stupid about wanting to reduce fighting (as the League as been attempting to do) or about limiting coverage on the Caps own site. You can always find the fights on Youtube or NHL.com if you'd like. Someone urging a sport (or coverage) with less fighting is no less selfish than someone like you urging more.

Posted by: Nope | January 5, 2007 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Fighting is part of the game period!! I have 2 kids (7&8) and have taken the time to teach them about the game of hockey and why fighting is a part of it. I wish others would do the same. As I have said before in these posts, if you cant handle fighting go watch soccer! (nothing against soccer) Why do we have to change our game because parents are to embarrassed or can't take the time to teach their kids about the game? Also, I have found in most cases the guys who fight are usually the kid favorites after the big goal getters. Finally, hockey is the only major sport in witch fighting is allowed, and it is one of the most exciting parts of our sport. I believe that this aspect of the game is a great way to sell the game to new comers, and that the NHL should embrace it.

Posted by: Livinit | January 5, 2007 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Nope- My point is that there is no need to punish everyone for the sake of someone's own preferences. As I said, rather than request the removal of all fighting footage from the highlights, one could request a kid friendly section (which exists but hasn't been updated since last season, which probably means it was never used) including kid friendly highlights. Its not fair to lobby for the removal of material which most hockey fans are ok with, ie fighting, for the sake of a few children. Should children have their eyes covered at the games so as not to offend anyone's sensibilities? By the way, last I checked, you can move forwards and backewards in WMV clips as well as Quicktime. An extra 30 seconds of work should result in knowing when to skip past the fights. Apparently, that 30 extra seconds of parenting is too difficult for you guys; everyone else has to go without because its too much for you to figure that out for yourselves. Welcome to the Stupid Club, Nope. Well done.

Posted by: Kerplunk | January 6, 2007 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Please. There are a hundred websites on which you can see the fights if you need to see the fights. Including plenty that are league-sanctioned. Find something legitimate to be concerned about.

Posted by: Tyler | January 6, 2007 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Ah, so go elsewhere and do extra work through searching and viewing to find what you want instead of just going to the team site that has the previous nights highlights up there, just so no one has to do extra work and skip past the fights. This club is growing by the minute.

Posted by: Kerplunk | January 6, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

It's too bad there wasn't a perfectly good 500-goal scorer with a howitzer of a shot from the point who was wildly popular with the fans cheaply available for almost he entire first half of the season. Someone like that sure could have helped the power play.

Oh wait, there was, and he signed with the Blackhawks. Good job burning that bridge, McPhee.

Posted by: zamboni | January 6, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Fighting is part of the NHL game because its still legal. The goon population in hockey won't buy tickets if they can't see a good scrap. But like the other night with Brasher....taking him off the ice doesn't hurt anybody, and taking Orr for the Rangers doesn't hurt either. Thats why fighting isn't necessary.

You can't teach youngsters that fighting is part of hockey because ITS NOT until you get to the professional level. NCAA hockey games are GREAT because they don't have it and if you'll notice, the NHL has adopted many of the rules from the college game....just not the one they should have.

Suspend a guy for dropping the gloves and you'll see it go quickly, and the NHL will be an even better game.

Posted by: caphcky | January 6, 2007 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Hi Caphcky!

Posted by: FS | January 7, 2007 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Hi Caphcky!

Posted by: CP | January 7, 2007 1:45 AM | Report abuse

I'm with others for reducing fights, as the league has been attempting to do. Fighting is not legal in hockey -- it is penalized, and suspensions often follow. I'm a lifetime fan who enjoys bringing my kids to games, but I won't teach them that fighting's OK because it's not.

Good, solid hits are a part of the game -- there's no shortage of violence if you want it, but there's nothing pretty about the fights. I enjoy seeing Brashear on the ice too, but mostly because of his toughness and effort, and not the fists.

Last night's game with Atlanta was a thing of beauty because of the skill and hustle exhibited by the teams, particularly the Caps. What an amazing time, and a great result! No big fights ensued, and that was a big plus too. All games should be as great and as clean.

Posted by: Go Caps | January 7, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Fighting IS part of the NHL that's what we are talking about, not pee wee. No one wants their tyke trying to be the next Dave Schultz. As far as NCAA hockey, I like it just fine and can watch it when it's on. So if that's the kind of game you like watch NCAA and leave the NHL the way it is.

P.S.
Someone IS going to teach your kids about fighting; when it's wrong, when it's right, if you do it you will pay the price, and that something's ARE worth fighting for. I decided that with my kids, that person is going to be ME not the TV, video games, or their friends. Thank Hockey for giving me a great opportunity to do this and for everyone else to do the same.

Posted by: livinit | January 7, 2007 1:29 PM | Report abuse

All you guys who want fighting removed from the game have never laced up a pair of skates and played hockey at a comptetive level I can assure you of that(I'm not talking about pick-up either). Most guys (me included) who have played the sport at some comepetive level understand and respect that part of the game and see it as a necessary tool to keep teams honest. I admit college hockey is very exciting to watch but is also some of the dirtiest hockey being played. Not to mention the fact that I have seen so many youth hockey games in this area (high school & junior level) where the stickwork (crosschecking, highsticking, pitchforking, etc.) is so prevalent it is sickening because coaches let it happen and there is no accountability on the ice.

Hockey is a man's sport. Although fighting is being phased out, it is still much safer to have 2 guys drop the gloves and let off some steam rather than stand there and have a stick fight. Players have to be held accountable. For those who think fights have no value added couldn't be more wrong. Trust me Gretky wouldn't have all those scoring records if he didn't have Dave Semenko or Marty McSorley riding shotgun. Much like the Caps need a physical deterrent(Brashear)for Ovechkin. If you think a guy like Brash isn't appreciated in the locker room, go ask his teammates or Glen Hanlon and they will tell you otherwise.

Posted by: Simon | January 7, 2007 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Simon says...
"All you guys who want fighting removed from the game have never laced up a pair of skates and played hockey at a comptetive level I can assure you of that(I'm not talking about pick-up either)."

You can't assure anything, because you're wrong. Go find a woman because your testosterone levels are sky high and you're dilusional.

Posted by: caphcky | January 10, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Caphcky - I'm right about one thing....it takes a real man like yourself to insult people while hiding behind a computer screen. Congratulations.

Posted by: Simon | January 11, 2007 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Simon says...
"I'm right about one thing....it takes a real man like yourself to insult people while hiding behind a computer screen. Congratulations."

Simon, you want to be right...you can be right (awwwwww). I just wanted to point out that you made the accusation about
"never laced up a pair of skates and played hockey at a comptetive level I can assure you of that(I'm not talking about pick-up either)."

Insulted? Who insulted you? If you're insulted....you need to grow a set there Rosie!

Posted by: caphcky | January 11, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

---so where did you play your competetive hockey at? Playstation? Sega?

I'm just trying to say most of the guys I've played with or competed against (ex-college, minor league and pro) understand and appreciate the physical nature of the sport and understand its role and importance. Since you've probably never skated in your life you have no idea what its like to have defend yourself or stick up for a teammate. If you want to turn this into a pissing contest more power to you.

Posted by: Simon | January 11, 2007 1:29 PM | Report abuse

---so where did you play your competetive hockey at? Playstation? Sega?

I'm just trying to say most of the guys I've played with or competed against (ex-college, minor league and pro) understand and appreciate the physical nature of the sport and understand its role and importance. Since you've probably never skated in your life you have no idea what its like to have defend yourself or stick up for a teammate. If you want to turn this into a pissing contest with immature, childish comebacks and such, more power to you.

Posted by: Simon | January 11, 2007 1:30 PM | Report abuse

LOL, you get really mouthy when your insulted Rosie. Stop That!

The NHL game would be better without the fights, but Gary has to keep the WWE & NASCAR fans in his buildings and in their seats (mostly 400 level). He or the league won't survive another lockout if those fans stay home in their double-wides.

I pay for NCAA hockey now. Better product.

Posted by: caphcky | January 11, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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