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McPhee: 'There's nothing we can say tonight'

Alex Ovechkin is not expected to receive an MRI on his injured right knee tonight, George McPhee said after the second period.

The Caps GM added that Ovechkin is icing his knee at the moment and will be examined tomorrow when the Caps return to Washington by team doctor Ben Shaffer. McPhee dodged a question about the severity of the injury, saying he'll know more after Ovechkin is examined.

"There's nothing we can say tonight," McPhee said.

As far possible disciplinary action, it's unclear whether Colin Campbell will hand out a suspension or fine for Ovechkin's knee-on-knee hit. But it appears, based on the rule book, that Ovechkin will avoid an automatic one-game suspension in connection with his hit on Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta last Wednesday because boarding and kneeing fall in different categories.

I'll work to confirm this after the game.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 30, 2009; 8:53 PM ET
 
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Right now, I'm more worried about what the doctor will say after looking at the MRI than what the NHL disciplinary office will say after looking at the video. The way Ovechkin was helped off the ice is scary.

Posted by: greggwiggins | November 30, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the NHL disciplinary office will have anything to say about ballard's attack on vokoun.

Posted by: uncatim | November 30, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

GMGM won't be able to get away with the "LOWER BODY INJURY" nonsense.

And OV will have to speak about why he made such a stupid, selfish move. In the wake of the ejection he got two games ago, the play tonight was senseless.

Posted by: caps1974 | November 30, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Just did a frame by frame on the hit..did not look good at all. Almost looked like his skate got caught in the ice during the hit. It also was gleasons knee on the inside of ovies knee. I dint like the way his leg looked when he fell.

Also anyone who thinks it was intentional is a biased tool. He does need to stop skating wide like he was. Needs to lift his leg in that situation.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 30, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Have I said how terrific Theodore has been tonight. Easily the best player for the Caps, and probably for the whole game, in my book.

Posted by: elicea | November 30, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Is it a good sign that they are waiting to perform the MRI until tomorrow?

Posted by: capscoach | November 30, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, I'm not sure avoiding an automatic suspension is in his best interest, at this point in time. His play isn't malicious, but it is reckless, and the Caps can't afford to have their best player out of control like that.

Posted by: jburksva | November 30, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

uncatim if the NHL doesn't the Panthers should. There was someone on here tonight who taked about how the Caps should suspend Ovechkin which I think is a little crazy. Yes he has gotten two ejections in three games but the first one was total BS. If hadn't gotten the BS call and had not gotten hurt tonight I don't think there would be a big deal made about it by anyone other then Pens fans (who as a hockey player going to school in Pittsburgh I have already heard from many of my Pens friends about tonight). What I can't figure out about Ballard is not only does he hit the goalie but then he takes another swing and then just skates off.

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 30, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

please do not let those docs touch his knee. go get jim andrews.

Posted by: heltzooor | November 30, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Netminders are putting on a show

Posted by: elicea | November 30, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

@ capscoach not really. They can't do an MRI if there is too much swelling which there seems to be since he is icing it right now.

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 30, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin suspended himself, Colin Campbell says thank you

Posted by: Cheef | November 30, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Will they suspend the Ovechkam ?

Posted by: Cheef | November 30, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Flash should have a hatter by now..

Posted by: elicea | November 30, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

FLASH WITH HIS 3RD GLORIOUS CHANCE OF THE PERIOD!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 30, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Backs is having one heck of a game...and he needed it!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 30, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Flash has had multiple goals right on his stick. The last one was about as easy as they come but his skate got caught and he tripped.

I imagine the ice is terrible in Carolina.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 30, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if you can serve a suspension if you are hurt or could Ovechkin be out for however long he is hurt and then add any suspension or can the first few games he is hurt count as the suspension too?

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 30, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Gleason trying to take his anger out on the whole Caps team..

Posted by: elicea | November 30, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Poor Stecks. Just can't get the puck to go into the net. I can't wait 'till he finally scores again.

Posted by: elicea | November 30, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Theo's playing beast tonight!

Posted by: gonchpup | November 30, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

the fact that Ovie could did not put any pressure on his right leg says it all....

Posted by: 555Mass | November 30, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

For those who are already complaining about the expected lack of coverage about ovies injury, tell me what these guys are supposed to do? Dress up as a nurse at the MRI facility?? No one on the team is going to talk about it. If you think they aren't going to investigate this you are crazy. It will be the top sports story in town. Unfortunately they are at the mercy of the team.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 30, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

icehammer97: Tonight I too have been hearing from friends & family in Pittsburgh.

Posted by: uncatim | November 30, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't think for a minute that it was "intentional" (as in an attempt to injure another player or himself) but it was stupid, reckless, and selfish. He's the centerpiece of a Stanley Cup contender playing in the wake of an ejection DAYS ago. There was no need for him to make the play he did.

Posted by: caps1974 | November 30, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Gleason trying to take his anger out on the whole Caps team..

Posted by: elicea | November 30, 2009 9:27 PM |

...and he is done..LOL

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 30, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

555 it says his knee hurts...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 30, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Pittsbugh fans... More ovie envy.. They relish anything bad that happens to him cause it means Crosby moves up a notch... Did anyone bust any pens fans ball$ when malkin went down??

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 30, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

bad call...

Posted by: elicea | November 30, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Pretty questionable call on Fehr upon first glance.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 30, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

HOLY CRAP! THEODORE!

Posted by: elicea | November 30, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

OMG THEO

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 30, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Nice stop Theo!

Posted by: uncatim | November 30, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Theo's looking awesome tonight!

Posted by: butcherbaker | November 30, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Man...Theo deserves a better fate

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 30, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Probably Theodore's best game as a Capital.

Amazing save.

Nothing he could do on that last one.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 30, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I could barely watch this game with the Ovechkin situation.

I have no doubt he has a serious injury. I'm just praying it's not too serious.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 30, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Will they suspend the Ovechkam ?

Posted by: Cheef | November 30, 2009 9:21 PM |


Now THAT was funny. I didn't even realize they still used the Ovechkam. Was funny talking to my casual hockey fan-friends who watched it, and then asked "why was that so great? He only playes like 45 seconds at a time". Made me chuckle.

Posted by: Fro_ | November 30, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Theodore and Backstrom, easily the main reasons for the win tonight.

Posted by: elicea | November 30, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Alan May's reaction to the injury was that it was season-ending.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 30, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

With a release like that, who needs two legs ?

OV will be just fine

Posted by: Cheef | November 30, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I love Ovie, but this is the second time he's delivered a serious knee on knee hit which resulted in an injury. Last year's hit on Gonchar was pretty bad and he probably would have been suspended if it wasn't during the playoffs. Even as a Caps fan, I don't see how the NHL will let him get away without being suspended for at least a couple of games.

As for the injury, Ovie's reckless style puts him at risk every night. There's no need to use your knee to take down a guy.

Posted by: wizfan89 | November 30, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

@elicea

Gleeson already had a high number of penalty minutes before tonight. (And I remember him giving Semin a lot of grief in the last Caps/Carolina game.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 30, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Gilbert Arenas meet Mr. Ovechkin. I hope not..

Posted by: samb99 | November 30, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Once again, the suspension is going to be irrelevant compared to the injury.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 30, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Brashear still here? OV doesn't feel the need to retaliate to the Backstrom hit... Don't need an enforcer why?

Posted by: Chad8 | November 30, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

don't think for a minute that it was "intentional" (as in an attempt to injure another player or himself) but it was stupid, reckless, and selfish. He's the centerpiece of a Stanley Cup contender playing in the wake of an ejection DAYS ago. There was no need for him to make the play he did.

Posted by: caps1974

I agree with you 100%. I am extremely upset with Alexander Mikhailovich at the moment. I thought he would be extra careful. I also hope he's okay.

Alexander Mikhailovich's New Year's resolution should be "No more knee on knee hits". It's too daggone risky.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 30, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

@Chad8

Ovi IS our enforcer now.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 30, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

OV WAS your enforcer

Posted by: Cheef | November 30, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Chad, ovies does that with or without brash..

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 30, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Gleeson already had a high number of penalty minutes before tonight. (And I remember him giving Semin a lot of grief in the last Caps/Carolina game.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 30, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Gleason's a fine player and the Canes made a heckuva trade to get him when they couldn't sign their top pick. I'd take him on my team anyday. Nothing wrong with the way he plays. He does exactly what he has to do to be successful and that is to get physical with the top players on every team. Its just too bad we don't have that type of player who feels comfortable enough to try and take other star players off their game. Most good teams have at least one player like that.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 30, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer97

I've been asking the same question myself. Some posters here think the injury and the suspension would run concurrent. But I don't really know.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 30, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Ovi is more like a bull in the china shop than a dirty player but the fact that he's so big will cause damage to other guys.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 30, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

How about those low class redneck hurricane fans booing OV when he was clearly in major pain....

Posted by: la_terp | November 30, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

enforcer or no enforcer, to be outhit 45-21 is pathetic. You don't let another divisional opponent steamroll you physically, win or loss. We were fortunate to win tonight and our goalie was awesome but this team lacks the cojones to be involved in a physical battle. And that has little to do with an enforcer. You can be a very prolific hitting team without having a heavyweight tough guy. Case in point, Carolina.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 30, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

The delay in imaging Ovie's knee may be a bad sign. The need to ice it overnight implies there is swelling, which suggests a significant injury. They wouldn't MR the knee if there was significant swelling. I guess well have to wait until tomorrow. Hopefully Tarik will tell us if Ovie is walking on his own or uses crutches tonight.

Posted by: hockeyguy44 | November 30, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Nothing like potential tragedy to bring out some of the slugs we haven't heard from in a while. I guess being at the top of the conference doesn't leave much room for whining about gmgm. I guess ovies knee injury was mcphees fault too.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 30, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

How about that low class idiot taking a run at a guy's knee ?

Posted by: Cheef | November 30, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

@dcsportsfan1 & Uncatim

Yeah, Pittsburgh fans are obnoxious and will rub it in about Ovi being hurt.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 30, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

The more I look at replays of that incident the more I'm inclined to think it was a bad call by the refs. It was just one of those unfortunate plays that occur in hockey. The Caps are coming out on the worst end of it for sure. But I don't think OVI was "selfish" or most of the other words that have been used to describe him here tonight.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | November 30, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

How about those low class redneck hurricane fans booing OV when he was clearly in major pain....

Posted by: la_terp | November 30, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

considering he was the one who initiated contact I can't blame them. If Malkin or Crosby took a big run at Green or Morrisonn and ended up writhing in pain I doubt you'd see Caps fans shedding any tears. Hockey's a rough sport, this is a no coddling zone. If it was a different Capital (i.e. one who doesn't have Ovechkin's star power) and he hurt himself maybe sliding into the end boards on an icing call, you'd probably see a more sympathetic reaction from an opposing crowd.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 30, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Swelling does not indicate severe damage.

Caps are paper thin, enjoy rest of season, with or without OV

Posted by: Cheef | November 30, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

@wtf_e_fehr

Nice game for Backstrom. The question is -- who will be his linemates for Thursday's game?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 30, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

la_terp - The Bruin fans did the same to Ovie a couple years ago. Low-lifes...

Posted by: gonchpup | November 30, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

OVI is not an enforcer. I can't say it enough.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | November 30, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't think selfish is the right word at all. Ovechkin plays all out and he has had great battles with Gleason in the past. This is just two players who bring out the meanest in each other. They probably enjoy the physical battles and once in a while it crosses the line. It was an unfortunate injury, that's all. Nothing selfish about it. You never want to tame that lion, it would be a waste. You'd turn him into Semin.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 30, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Im watching NHL on the fly....man were Backs and Theo good tonight!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 30, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Aaron Ward apparently said in the Canes post game show that there is no place in hockey for Ovechkin's style of play. Allan May had previously mentioned that Ward speared Ovi in the stomach just prior to the big hit/injury. Big brass ones, Aaron.

Posted by: zmega | November 30, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

If Ovechkin is out for the season and goes on the long-term IR, does anyone know how that would help the cap situation?

Should we expect that GMGM would make a run at a scoring winger later in the season?

This Caps team is a playoff team without Ovie, but not a Cup threat in my opinion. I think we'd need another big gun to make a credible Cup run.

Posted by: ellinwoods | November 30, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

There is always swelling after a hit that hard. The icing will make it a little more bearable. I hope its a strain or a stretch because it will heal, but in a few weeks before strength conditioning can happen again. A tear or worse - would be season. Big strong player at his age is likely a stretch. Gonchar couldn't put much weight on his knee last May either - but was back a few games later....75% chance that's all it is - but no hurry. This type of injury is one reason playing in the Olympics this year scares me too.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | November 30, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

russian machine it broke

Posted by: wendel2 | November 30, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Ovi is a retard.

I hope he gets suspended until the playoffs. We don't need him until then anyway.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 30, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

@cheef,

are you serious,

"Swelling does not indicate severe damage".

Then, what causing swelling?

swelling, can't put press on the leg, seeing is lower leg buckle....he has ligament damage for sure.

Posted by: 555Mass | November 30, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

cstanton - well said...

Posted by: gonchpup | November 30, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

The X factor will be his history of recovery, if this is his first major injury, get ready to worry, if he's been through similar stuff in the past, he should be fine.

Posted by: Cheef | November 30, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Selfish is the right word, especially when it's coupled with reckless and stupid. Ovechkin is on a Stanley Cup contender. He just got a game misconduct and dodged a suspension DAYS ago. This was a who-cares game against the lowest ranked team in the league. There was NO reason for Ovechkin to make that play in that game. In the wake of his last ejection he said he couldn't do anything about changing the way he played. I wonder if he says the same thing after a long injury. Tonight he put himself above team. THAT is the definition of selfish.

Posted by: caps1974 | November 30, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

The worst part was hearing it, that was brutal

Posted by: Cheef | November 30, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

ok lets take the homer lenses off please.

Fact - Ovechkin took a huge run at Gleason who took an inside line to avoid contact at which point Ovechkin hit him with his knee (I'm not assuming it was intentional).

Fact - this is on Ovechkin since he was the one who initiated contact.

Fact - Ovechkin has been known to do this before.

Fact - if this was Gleason who took a big run in the same manner at Ovechkin, and it was Gleason ending up with a knee injury, every cap fan would say Gleason deserved it.

**note, I said nothing about Ovechkin trying to throw a dirty hit. But in his zeal to be aggressive (which I love to see), he was very careless and for that he is solely responsible for his own injury and he should be held accountable for what could also have been a bad injury to Gleason.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 30, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

@ CapsFan75

"Nice game for Backstrom. The question is -- who will be his linemates for Thursday's game?"

If Semin's back I'd like to see: Semin-Backs-Fehr/Giroux

Posted by: elicea | November 30, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

@wtf_e_fehr

Nice game for Backstrom. The question is -- who will be his linemates for Thursday's game?

Great question
My guess....Semin is back...and you have Flash
Keep Fehr with Mo and Laich

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 30, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Brashear still here? OV doesn't feel the need to retaliate to the Backstrom hit... Don't need an enforcer why?

Posted by: Chad8 | November 30, 2009 9:50 PM |

No.

When something happens, you deal with it then, not wait for two goons to get on the ice. If Ovi was in fact trying to defend Backstrom after the hit, he did the right thing. Ovi did the wrong thing in sticking his knee out, and not being aware/thinking enough that Gleason was already turning.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 30, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

@ cstanton1

nicely put.

Posted by: elicea | November 30, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

once in a while even blind squirrels find acorns :)

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 30, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

My guess....Semin is back...and you have Flash
Keep Fehr with Mo and Laich

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 30, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I'd switch Flash and Fehr

Posted by: elicea | November 30, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I hope this is a wake up call for Ovie...also a wakeup call for Boudreau, who is charmed by his reckless behavior, like I am sometimes, I admit. What responsible coach allows a franchise player to take risks like that? It's bad for the team and bad for its stanley cup prospects in the long term. Eventually, if you play like that, you WILL get hurt. Also, I am a big fan of clean hockey with less focus on fighting and more focus on elegance on the ice. So I am admittedly biased against this type of play even tho I fully recognie its appeal. All that said, I wish Ovie the best, and will pray he wakes up with a stiff but strong knee.

Posted by: gocaps2009 | November 30, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

When something happens, you deal with it then, not wait for two goons to get on the ice. If Ovi was in fact trying to defend Backstrom after the hit, he did the right thing. Ovi did the wrong thing in sticking his knee out, and not being aware/thinking enough that Gleason was already turning.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 30, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

personally while i'd like to see the Caps more active in the fistcuffery department (and god forbid actually win a fight), I'll still take aggressive hitting over a fight here and there. So I'd agree, the way you stick up for a hit is by ramping up your own hitting. That creates momentum and energy. Just skating over to someone and dropping the gloves...meh

Just a bad lapse of judgment by Ovy. But with the way he plays I don't know if its possible for him to rein it in in the heat of the moment. As someone pointed out, maybe a long term injury will make him a little less reckless.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 30, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

If the swelling is a joint effusion, there is ligamentous injury for sure. If its superficial, it may be just a bruise. Well have to wait and see.

Unfortunately, Ovie reminds me of Eric Lindros in his prime. He also played like Ovie does, like a bull in a china shop. If Ovie doesn't change his style of play, his career is going to be short lived, which would be a huge loss for hockey.

Posted by: hockeyguy44 | November 30, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, just got home, watched the play, read the boards and I agree with cstanton1 on this one. I don't think there was intent but AO plays hard-and-fast every game. For those of us at the games you see two or three runs a game that Alex pulls out of as players are diving and ducking to avoid getting trained. He plays, he hits, and more times than you'll ever see on TV he pulls out of hits. He was pretty careless and unfortunately it turned out horribly.

I hope he's not hurt long-term and I also wouldn't be surprised if he took a suspension - if for no other reason than recklessly.

When you watch him game in and game out you know he's not dirty but he is brutal and those aren't the same thing.

To say that this player or that player doesn't do what AO does in the hitting department is pointless because no one plays like him.

I'm glad Gleason came back and I'm sure AO is too. I hope to see him back sooner rather than later.

Way to pick it up, boys.

Posted by: saintex | November 30, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, Ovie walked to the bus on his own and without crutches. If major damage was a concern, I doubt he would be allowed to do so. Right?

Posted by: gonchpup | November 30, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

POSTGAME THOUGHTS:
Wow as if this season can't add more drama. A nice win by the boys tonight.

Theodore - talk about coming back strong. He played out of his mind. Nice to see him return with a very very strong performance.

Backstrom - starting to get on a roll and we'll need him with what could be looming on the injury front.

Now for Ovechkin:
Cstanton says:
ok lets take the homer lenses off please.

Fact - Ovechkin took a huge run at Gleason who took an inside line to avoid contact at which point Ovechkin hit him with his knee (I'm not assuming it was intentional).

Fact - this is on Ovechkin since he was the one who initiated contact.

Fact - Ovechkin has been known to do this before.

Fact - if this was Gleason who took a big run in the same manner at Ovechkin, and it was Gleason ending up with a knee injury, every cap fan would say Gleason deserved it.

**note, I said nothing about Ovechkin trying to throw a dirty hit. But in his zeal to be aggressive (which I love to see), he was very careless and for that he is solely responsible for his own injury and he should be held accountable for what could also have been a bad injury to Gleason.


Posted by: cstanton1 | November 30, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see some reason on this board. Great post and it sums up everything about tonight on that play. Gleason was skating inside - the hit was somewhat similar to Gonchar last year in the playoffs. However, Ovie walks a fine line when throwing these kind of hits and one can only hope that this didn't end the season for him tonight. You never diminish the importance of each game but did he need to be throwing his weight around tonight like this??? Just curious. Oh well - you're taught to play hard every game. He did that.

Here's to hoping nothing too serious concerning Ovie's knee tomorrow. However, I'm preparing as if this team has lost him for quite sometime.

Either way - there's still a season of hockey to play. It's back to the phone booth as Florida comes knocking on Thursday.

ICE BREAKERS GOAL SHAKERS.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | November 30, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

^yeah, that sounds right.

he hopefully will be back after his suspension (which is sure to be coming), although I don't know how that works with the NHL; whether a suspension would start after he's healthy or as soon as it's handed down.

Posted by: j762 | November 30, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

"well said"..."nicely put"...what?
The best player in the world lying on the ice in pain, Theodore and Backstrom have terrific game, yet negative comments about Semin again.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | November 30, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure he'll get suspended. LaRoque of Montreal got a 5 gamer a while back for a similar hit. I love Ovie but there shouldn't be a double standard for the stars. Hopefully he can temper his aggressiveness a little without cramping his style. But he sure can't help the team while on suspension or scratched due to injury.

Posted by: ExPatYankee | December 1, 2009 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Sorry fellow Caps fans but Ovie has been taking things to a different level. A level that the Flyers have lived on for a long time. He is too talented to turn into a dirty player. And that's what he is right now. It seems when he gets frustrated, he turns to being a scum bag. Sorry to say but he got what he deserved. You can't keep saying that he doesn't intend to hurt. It can't always be a coincidence that he gets involved in these dirty hits.

Posted by: notindc1 | December 1, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

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