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Ovechkin arrives at KCI

Although the Caps have today off, Alex Ovechkin arrived at the team's Arlington training facility around 10:30 a.m., driving his sports car with his dad riding shotgun.

Ovechkin, who appeared to suffer a shoulder/arm injury in Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets, hopped out of his car, closed the door quickly and walked briskly into the building without taking questions from reporters who approached him.

From what I could see, the two-time MVP did not appear to be wearing any sort of sling/bandage/cast and did not look to be having any trouble moving. But the fact that he's here at all on an off-day likely means he is scheduled to receive treatment and/or be examined by the medical staff.

I'll post another update later.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 2, 2009; 10:41 AM ET
 
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Let's hope he'll be ready to go by the end of the week.

Posted by: cainoo7x | November 2, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

probably a good sign he was driving. I can't imagine he has an automatic transmission, so I'm guessing he needs both hands.

Posted by: jerseygirl15 | November 2, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Did he show up with a new goaltender or defenseman?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 2, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I like the report. Ovi is one tough dude and if he can play, he'll play. Ovi at 80% is better than 90% of the league.

We are fortunate to be able to have a player like him to enjoy.

Posted by: saintex | November 2, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

good idea, lyle. maybe since he's driving he could swing by the Giant Center and give a couple guys a lift.

Posted by: jerseygirl15 | November 2, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

If Ovie was as tough as Semin he would of finished last nights game.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 2, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

My notes from up in 412 last night:

-Green was pretty horrible for the first period and a half. There were at least 2 occasions in the first where Green coughed the puck up/was moving too slow. Also, CBJ's first goal was a direct failure of Green's defensive play. Nash tooled him. He picked up his game as the game went on though.

-Didn't see what happened in the scrum with Ovie really, but it was enough for Boll to get a misconduct.

-Knuble, knuble. We knew what we were getting when he came here. Net/physical presence, veteran leadership, and... stupid minors. Philly fans will often say it's the one plus of having him off their team (though they have more than enough guys to rack up the minors in his place.)
That being said, the Phone booth was by far it's loudest last night when Knuble and company completely destroyed that CBJ powerplay. He literally trapped the puck in his feet for like 20 seconds with 3 CBJ guys around him. Great PK.

-Our 4on4 play is horrible. Naturally, our 4on3 play is going to be worse. I didn't get to see the replay of the penalty, since they showed someone else on the Tron, but it didn't seem like an interference call to me. I guess you guys can fill me in on it.

-Mason looked human, especially on Laich's 5-holer.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 2, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Also, not sure where the criticism of Theodore is coming into play here. Yeah, he misplayed the puck/it took a bad bounce, but that happens. He was pretty solid despite that flukey goal.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 2, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Theo was good enough. Not great, but good enough. Our 'D' (especially penalty killing) was not. Our PK is getting to the point where if we get a penalty, I pretty much expect us to give up a goal.

Posted by: sargeantmofo | November 2, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Our PK was awesome last night.

Torres goal was Theo's flukey one and the last one was on a 4on3.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 2, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Adding to that, it was our Powerplay which was a bit lackluster.

1 for 10....

Posted by: richmondphil | November 2, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Defense is still aweful...how many years in row? Theo is fine...just fine - that is the problem. I don't care how much BB loves the guy; It would not be the end of the world to sit Mike Green - especially if he is hurt. He is a liabilty healthy and horrible when hurt. Maybe something happens to Nylander this week? It would be nice to have some cap room...maybe call up some defensemen that can play?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 2, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

@richmondphil - The 10 minute misconduct for Boll? No idea why that was called. The whole situation was screwy.

Ovechkin - 2 minutes for roughing Chimera

Boll - 2 minutes for roughing Ovechkin + 10 minute misconduct

Chimera - 2 minutes for roughing Ovechkin

By the look of it, the Ovechkin-Chimera thing happened, and then Boll got into it, which would have (had it been an actual fight and not just roughing) netted him a "third man in" violation.

51.1 Roughing – Roughing is a punching motion with the hand or fist, with or without the glove on the hand, normally directed at the head or face of an opponent.

Roughing is a minor altercation that is not worthy of a major penalty to either participant. (An altercation is a situation involving two players, including goalkeepers, with at least one to be penalized).

The trouble is, there IS no 10-minute misconduct associated with the roughing penalty.

Table 9 - Rule 22 - Misconduct Penalties
Summary of Misconduct Penalties
lists the possibilities for why Boll was issued the misconduct... and other than use of profane or abusive language and/or verbal abuse of an official, none of them really apply. I wasn't close enough to hear what was said, either.

"Third man in" only applies in an actual fight.

Posted by: irockthered | November 2, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I would actually think that if Ovie is showing up to see the trainer, it is a good sign. The trainer doesn't have the competence to make a medical diagnoses or to take care of serious orthopedic problems. If Ovie needed to see a specialist, it would not be at Kettler. Also, for knowing my way around KCI's locker room, I can tell you that there are no radiodiagnostic equipment in there, so, hopefully, he is just bruised up and receiving a physical therapy session, perhaps using the jacuzzi and getting a massage.

Posted by: atybat | November 2, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

@Irock

I think they applied the "third man" on that call.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 2, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

@richmondphil - Gee, our power play was lackluster? Without Ovechkin on the ice? Who'd'a thunk it?

</sarcasm>

We were missing Semin for a couple of games, too.

When Semin came back, and we had all of our players on the ice for the PP, they kicked butt and took names.

Then we lost Ovechkin.

That points to needing to work other line combinations on the PP just like we do on 5-on-5.

Posted by: irockthered | November 2, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

@lylewimbledon - If they had, they would have said it in the game summary, play-by-play, or something... "third man in" applies only in a fight (theoretically - and I got this from the NHL Officials' Association), and it would have been a game misconduct in that case, not a 10-minute.

Here's the rule for that:

47.16 Third Man In - A game misconduct penalty, at the discretion of the Referee, shall be imposed on any player or goalkeeper who is the first to intervene (third man in) in an altercation already in progress except when a match penalty is being imposed in the original altercation. This penalty is in addition to any other penalties incurred in the same incident.

This rule also applies to subsequent players or goalkeepers who elect to intervene in the same or other altercations during the same stoppage of play.

Posted by: irockthered | November 2, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I see refs hand out misconducts very inconsistently. Its a way for them to control or manage a game. The only consideration when they hand out misconducts now is when they issue a game misconduct. Thats something they have to be more judicious about since it impacts player salary and suspension. And the league has stepped in and overturned a game misconducts if it feels it wasn't warranted.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 2, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I don't think one person should make or break a team's PP, especially one with as much firepower on it as the Caps have.

I do see what you are saying, and chemistry plays a bit of a factor here, but 1 for 10 is just "okay." It's not even 20% though.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 2, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

@breaklance (from last thread) - But Ovechkin *IS* cheesy! It's in his nature. He's just a fun-loving guy. I really thought his Eastern Motors ads were a riot. :-) And he should never, ever, EVER give up his day job to become a singer, LOL!

Posted by: irockthered | November 2, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

And I just watched Pothier's interference penalty. Quite the dumb penalty to take there, Potsy. Oh well.

Marty and the Devils are next.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 2, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I've enquired on the NHLOA Bboards about when an official can give out a 10-minute misconduct (apart from the times listed in the rulebook). I'll post their response when I get one, but I am betting that they will say that 10-minute misconducts may only be handed out in accordance with the official rulebook. So Boll did *something* - probably cussed somebody out, or what-not - to warrant it.

Posted by: irockthered | November 2, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

@richmondphil - Post link? I probably can't look at work, but I didn't have a clear view. I wasn't sure if it was a legitimate penalty or not. :-/

Posted by: irockthered | November 2, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

There was one shift where Bradley was trying to get Chimera to fight but Chimera wouldn't bite.

Posted by: KAS2 | November 2, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Ovie has been traded.

Posted by: UngaBunga | November 2, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

since some fans are always ragging on Semin, anyone see that stellar backcheck he had about 5 mins into the game on a bad Ovy giveaway? Man, Semin raced all the way back, got between the puck and his man, then slashed the player to keep his stick down.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 2, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

since some fans are always ragging on Semin, anyone see that stellar backcheck he had about 5 mins into the game on a bad Ovy giveaway? Man, Semin raced all the way back, got between the puck and his man, then slashed the player to keep his stick down.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 2, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Part of the problem with not having Ovechkin on the powerplay is that they are missing that second right-handed shot from the point. It was pretty obvious to me that Green was passing the puck to a place where Ovechkin would have been able to rip a one-timer, but having the left-handed Poti on Green's opposite point was slowing down puck movement and creating opportunities for CBJ's penalty killers to create some pressure.

Posted by: FOHS_Marc | November 2, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I'd much rather have two d-men playing the point on the PP... they have been giving up shorthanded breakaways like there's no tomorrow and that's simply NOT acceptible hockey at any level.

Posted by: joek443 | November 2, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"I do see what you are saying, and chemistry plays a bit of a factor here, but 1 for 10 is just "okay." It's not even 20% though."

The PP was 1 for 5 last night, and over the last four games has gone 6 for 20, a 30% success rate. Do any of you even watch the games or check the facts? Or just throw out garbage stats so the whining can be just a little bit louder?

Posted by: southside721 | November 2, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

The first few games of the season, the power play defense was fairly aggressive. I don't like the sagging defense now. It seems that the team on the power play is able to pass around the puck freely and then pick apart the "D" and pass to the guys standing around the net that they can't clear out.
Take notice last night how we scored two goals because we had guys in front of the net. Once on power play with Laich and the other with Knuble screening. Will we ever learn???
George keep scouting other teams defense man because we will have to eventually make a move. Get well soon OVIE!!

Posted by: jmcale57 | November 2, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

You guys kill me with your over the top calling out semin and green and saying we need some defense for ovi to pick them up on the way and our power play struggling. What games are you watching, I have been a caps fan for 22 years now and this is by far one of the best teams we have had in a long time, we are winning the divisions and getting into the playoffs, we are slowly building towards the cup. Our goaltending is solid, theodore is strong as hell and reliable and Varlamov is are future and is sick. Our guys are too skilled and over pass sometimes but are you people forgetting we are in first place with 20 points, scoring many goals always leading in games and have only lost 2 out of 14 in regulation so were winning and picking up points when we lose. Mike green has been strong for a couple years so yeah he is allowed some mistakes, were giving up shorthanded chances but were getting into the 30 percent range on our PP, so were squeezing in and taking more chances. This team has the potential to go to the cup for sure, no team is perfect but with our power, aggresiveness and skill, there is no lead that we can not get back, we can score and our goalies and d are solid. Watch the seasons not just comment on a couple games, this is the team of our future, the cup is on the way.

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