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McPhee: Ovechkin will be 'fine'

Alex Ovechkin was limping around after last night's game, the result of taking a slap shot off his left foot in the third period of the Caps' 4-3 shootout win over Montreal. His foot was also seriously swollen, and he's not taking part in this morning's optional practice.

But I caught up with GM George McPhee moments ago and he said that Ovechkin will be "fine." He also said he has no doubt that Ovechkin will be ready to play tomorrow against the Avs.

"Everybody out there has some swelling right now," McPhee said.

Also, Viktor Kozlov is skating for the first time in a few days. But the session is very, very light, so it's hard to tell where he is in his recovery from a groin muscle pull.

I'll have another update after practice.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 19, 2009; 11:05 AM ET
 
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Russian Machine never breaks

Go Ovi, Go Caps!!!

Posted by: fizhe | February 19, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

SUNDAY'S Game:

From Espn players poll: Note - he got the highest percentage out of any of the questions asked!

QUESTION 4: WHICH PLAYER COMPLAINS THE MOST ON THE ICE?


Crosby• TOP VOTE-GETTER: Sidney Crosby (52%).
• More on Crosby | Statistics | Penguins page
• A simple Google search will tell you what some fans think of Sidney Crosby on the ice ("cry baby" is the most often-used G-rated word); but at various times in his short career, Crosby has been accused of complaining too much to officials about calls or non-calls and embellishing fouls to draw penalties. It was a subject that was heightened during last season's playoffs. Crosby has repeatedly denied being that kind of a player.
• OTHER MENTIONS: Chris Pronger (8%); Sean Avery (7%); Steve Ott (5%); Ryan Getzlaf (4%); Shane Doan (3%); Marc Savard, Darcy Tucker (2%); Todd Bertuzzi, Mike Richards, Kris Draper (1%); 8 players with one vote

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 19, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

If he's hurt he'll only be able to partially undress defensemen unlike last night when he went spinning around with Hamrlik's jock on the end of his stick.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 19, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

that was a nasty shot of his ankle - my heart skipped a beat as he wobbled to the bench.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 19, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

UPDATE: Great game last night. No worries.

Glad you asked here it is:

Just want to thank everyone for their input making this info better each time.

Is everyone prepared for the 21-game salute?

Picture perfect heading into the stretch. Picasso couldn't have painted a more beautiful picture. Is anyone more excited than I about the beginning of the stretch run?

Looking Ahead:

The last 21 games of the season the Caps schedule includes:

13 games against division foe
4 against Atlanta
3 against Tampa
3 against Florida
3 against Carolina (2 at home)

2 games against the Maple Leafs

1 against the Bruins (A)
1 against the Penguins (H)
1 against the Flyers (A)
1 against the Predators (A)
1 against the Sabres (H)
1 against the Islanders (A)

Looking good for the stretch run! All we need is a veteran puck moving defensman.

Also check this out to add a little spice to the dessert:

Did you know that 3 straight games are at home "before" kicking off the 21-game salute. While those teams present a good challenge they are at home and our crowd is the 7th man. It will be a good tune up for us.

The other thing I'm sure you missed but the Wind is here to make sure you don't is that the Penguins (who we love to hate) play 8 out of the next 11 games on the road. Man if there ever is a time for them to melt away on the thin ice of new day let's consider this the beginning of the end of their season. And to boot they have to play our CAPS twice in the Phone Booth with the ZOO present.

Rock n Roll

Posted by: windjammersouth | February 19, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Feature on Bears dman, Greg Amadio. He may not be "ours", but he's still ours.
http://www.theahl.com/news/league/index.html?article_id=9532

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 19, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

More sober now. but very very tired. And sore for some reason.
Oveie, please stop blocking shots. Seriously. The playoffs are two months away. no hairline fractures or broken bones. We know you love it and that you care, but for the love of god, stop blocking shots. Laich would be more than happy to block those for you.

Posted by: oo7 | February 19, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Did you notice that the PensBlog is throwing their old coach under the bus. They loved that guy last year, and now he is nothing. That fan base it a joke of a mess.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 19, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I don't think Semin is looking 100% either.

Posted by: stormblue | February 19, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Albany River Rats players injured in bus crash last night:

http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=771676

Posted by: tess2201 | February 19, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

"Four teams will kick off the 2009-10 season with games in Europe. Detroit and St. Louis will face one another in Stockholm while Chicago and Florida will meet in Helsinki."

Posted by: Boo- | February 19, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

windjammersouth: I find it pretty offensive that you would tell me to stay home because of an injured back. Should we also turn away all wheelchair-bound fans?

I've only asked anyone to sit down *one time*, and I only did it because he was literally the only one in the section that was standing, and at the time I was having trouble getting up and sitting down.

Further, I was *agreeing* with SA-Town that asking someone to sit during a shootout is ridiculous.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | February 19, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

SA-Town

I'm not too sure that this town would be much better re: a coach that's fired. 2 yrs ago we had a good coach. Last year we were calling for his head on a platter (along with GMGM's). Fans are a fickle breed.

tess:

You beat me to it...

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2009/02/19/hockey-bus-crash.html

Posted by: Greg S. | February 19, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

What am I - chopped liver?

AHL's Albany River Rats bus wrecks, some serious injuries.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/02/3_seriously_hur.html

Posted by: uncatim | February 19, 2009 10:52 AM

More:

http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2009/feb/19/0219_Rats/

Posted by: uncatim | February 19, 2009 11:00 AM

Posted by: uncatim | February 19, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

i am the light that guides the blind. 2 of every kind, male and female...

"Noah", aka windjammer

Posted by: richmondphil | February 19, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Barry Melrose sucks.

Did anyone see his anaysis on ESPN this morning? What a loser.

He compliments Ovie on the move at center, again when he wins the physical battle with the D man that pulled him down, and again when the goal goes in. After which he says, this reminds me of Sidney Crosby when he is at the top of his game, but right now its Ovechkin who is at the top of his game.

Sidney who? Crosby could never score a goal like that. Nobody could. That's why it was such a great goal. You can't mention anybody else's name in comparison because there is no comparison.

ESPN should fire him just like the Lightning did. He gan go work with the rest of the biased Canadians at NBC.

Posted by: griz0615 | February 19, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

griz0615:
Ugh. That makes me a little bit queasy.

Posted by: Boo- | February 19, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Crosby cant make goals like that.

he can make no look passes through 234234234 men right on someone's stick, and do tons of other crazy stuff, but not score goals like that. :D

Posted by: richmondphil | February 19, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

i'd rather the Caps NOT start in Europe.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | February 19, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Thread bite. I got asked to sit down during the shootout too, and told the Habs fans behind me that everyone stands up for a shootout. I think anyone who doesn't want to stand in a shootout needs to make sure they still have a pulse.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 19, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Boo, You mean his hair doesn't make you queasy anyways? lol

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 19, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

@uncatim
Sorry, didn't see your post. There were so many comments on the Morning Reading that I didn't bother to scroll all the way down!

Posted by: tess2201 | February 19, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

@kitty

he was sitting down, because they totally blew that shootout in the worse way possible.

hemad.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 19, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil: No, because this was before the shootout started :) True stuff, though. That was as epic a curbstomp in a shootout as I've seen.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 19, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

SombreroGuy:
I am indifferent about Europe (although the Caps in Russia would be pretty sweet), but hopefully that just means that we are on top of the Winter Classic list!! :-)

JMU:
That's bad, but not as bad as that comment. *shudder*

Posted by: Boo- | February 19, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Boo,
True. He is an ignorant sob.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 19, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Melrose needs to come back to reality...his superstar Cindy is not that great.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 19, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

maybe he KNEW they were going to blow it, haha.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 19, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

To clarify the nationality of NBC's personnel:

Mike Milbury (also does work for CBC): Native Bostonian, which I'm fairly sure means he's American.
Mike Emerick: American; winner of the Foster Hewitt award last year.
Ed Olczyk: Native of Chicago.
Pierre Maguire: Canadian and spent much of Tuesday's Toronto/Buffalo game gushing about how much he was looking forward to seeing Green and Ovechkin the next night; likely messed his pants last night on Ovechkin's goal (he was doing the game for TSN at ice level).

FWIW, Barry Melrose became a US Citizen several years ago.

Posted by: jcurrin | February 19, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Tess, Greg S.:

I'm just being ornery. I hope all the Rats will be OK. Not that anyone cares, but, the River Rats have one of my favorite logos in sports

Posted by: uncatim | February 19, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Mike Emerick (and I suppose Ed Olczyk) should not be on the same list with those guys.

Posted by: Boo- | February 19, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

i dont want the caps to start in europe as well, it could mean one less home game for everyone

Posted by: _stevo | February 19, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

We should have rejected melrose.

Posted by: uncatim | February 19, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone make the "I'm an idiot" sign for Pierre Misfire?

Posted by: Greg S. | February 19, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

uncatim

Yeah! You're chopped liver! :)

Nah, just didn't see your post.

Posted by: Greg S. | February 19, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

@Greg

Please...somebody get that on NBC on Sunday...he is the biggest idiot out there!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 19, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Greggy annapy: Did you say offense -- of course we have a good offense. There are extra seats around for those who need help. I once took advantage of a temporary handicap and asked for handicap seating so I wouldn't have to inconvenience passionate fans who pay alot of money to have alot of fun on few and far between nights. I was accomodated. You can also sit in the front row.

Now go use the litter box.

Posted by: windjammersouth | February 19, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

i hope they put the crosby pictures in the men's room on sunday

Posted by: _stevo | February 19, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Ted Leonsis is being interviewed on AM 980 right now...

Posted by: BigRed8 | February 19, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

windjammersouth:
Dude, be nice. He was agreeing with standing for a SO - why are you harping on him for asking one person to sit down when no one else was standing? It's a go with the masses thing - sounds like he does that. Now lighten up, already.

Posted by: Boo- | February 19, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Fine. Call it a "North America" bias. The point is Melrose, McGuire and Milbury can't stomach the fact that the best hockey player on the planet is Russian and doesn't play for one of the Original Six.

Posted by: CAP-lanta | February 19, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I have listened to McGuire on NHL XM plenty of times. He gives Ovie his due, and isnt that bad in my opinion.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 19, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Boo,

"Lighten up Francis", good stuff.

I'm against the Caps opening in Europe too, selifishly don't want to give up one of my home games.

Posted by: Steve_R | February 19, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

_stevo:
agree about the crysby pics - but in the stalls not in the urinals - that would be funny

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 19, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Steve:
I agree, but I can still fantasize about going to Russia to see that Caps play. Not that I would ever fork over the cash/time for that, but a girl can dream! :-) Now takin' a roadtrip for a Caps Winter Classic?!? I would be all over that.

Posted by: Boo- | February 19, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

windjammersouth: No, your very presence here on the blog is offensive. I'm actually really surprised that Tarik or another admin hasn't kicked you out by now. What's this about a litter box? What exactly are you trying to say here? I had a *little* respect left for you, and I just lost it all. If you wouldn't cast those aspersions to my face, then they're probably better left unsaid. And you're absolutely kidding yourself if you think you'd say that stuff to me in person.

Boo: Thanks for sticking up for me. The nerve of some people...

ADMINS: If we can't get rid of the delinquents, can we please implement a block/ignore feature so I don't have to put up with their abuse?

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | February 19, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Greg:
I got your back (no pun intended ... ;-)).

Posted by: Boo- | February 19, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Windjammer you should be banned for the litter box comment...have some class and respect for others...otherwise ask your parents to put you back in your cage.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 19, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Stand up and shout!

Posted by: windjammersouth | February 19, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

new thread

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 19, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

@GregAnnapolis: The litter box remark is actually directed at me. He's been trying to get a rise out of me for a while with that little bit of silliness.

Unfortunately, I was in a meeting when all this went down, so I missed it. I just ignore windjammer at this point, and I recommend that everyone else do the same. For a while, I was undecided as to whether he was a pimple-faced kid who was hopelessly socially inept or an outright troll, and gave him the benefit of the doubt. However, he's been told many times by many people on his blog that his repeated postings are annoying and unwelcome, and yet he persists as if it has been welcomed with open arms. Nobody is that stupid, so I have to conclude that he's trolling.

Windjammer, this is the last thing I am going to say to you. You are not funny. You are not cute. You are not entertaining or informative. What you are is a childish and offensive idiot. Knock it off, permanently, before I write to the Post to have you banned.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 19, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

great game - I'm not a season ticket holder but have been a fan since the inception. The spirit for the Caps is now - beyond any doubt - the best it's ever been. Highlight was leaving the game on the escalator: on the way down, people on the opposite escalator started a chant "C-A-P-S let's go Caps!". Great stuff. Hockey has turned the corner here; it has never been like this before.

Posted by: WritingLight | February 19, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

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