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Ovechkin Details Injuries

Alex Ovechkin said he suffered a groin pull in Game 4 of the series against the New York Rangers. He also said he was suffering from a wrist injury in the playoffs. Both ailments required injections before games, he said.

Ovechkin also said he does not need surgery on either his groin or wrist, adding, "Thank God."

Makes you wonder what he might have done had not been playing hurt, considering he led all scorers in the Pittsburgh series with 14 points and eight goals.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 15, 2009; 12:06 PM ET
 
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Posted by: thiazzi | May 15, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Tarik:
Thanks for all the updates. You listed six players - I thought seven were injured?

Posted by: Boo- | May 15, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Semin's thumb must be a huge part of his game.

Posted by: cityspirit | May 15, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

If this kid isnt that Captin of this team I dont know who is.

Posted by: TJ2008 | May 15, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

cityspirit:
It sure would impact his ability to shoot and handle the puck. (Can you imagine a slap shot with a bum thumb? Ouch.)

Posted by: Boo- | May 15, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

jesus, I'd hate to see what he's capable of when he's not getting shot pull of painkillers!

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

As much as the Rags and Pens were wacking him, it wouldn't surprise me if his wrist was cracked.

Posted by: Greg S. | May 15, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

oh god, I can't believe I forgot to include this in the various "Highlights from the season" lists we did yesterday:

THE EPIC DECEMBER COMEBACK AT MSG!

That, my friends, was the msot unbelievable game I've ever seen.

other highlights also forgotten:

Semin plays to bongos! Oh, sorry, Semin lays a whooping on Marc Staal.

Baby Boruque scores his first goal.

Semin's fluttering beauty of a goal to beat Boston in OT.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I detect a pattern here: first it was Clark's Groin and Pothier's Thumb; then it was Poti's Groin and Schultz's (I think) Thumb; now it's Ovechkin's Groin and Semin's Thumb. Why do we seem to have groin & thumb injuries every year?

Posted by: 1hockeymom | May 15, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

8 The Great is our Captain. Plain and simple.

Posted by: ridgely1 | May 15, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

hey, we made it through the season without Green trying to rupture someone's left nut with his slapshot. That's gotta count for something, right? (God, that's painful to watch in replays.)

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, JT was not Huet's peer this season. Huets GAA 2.53 (19th) and Save Pct 90.9 (29th). Theodore's GAA 2.81 (36th) and Save Pct 90.0 (40th). If Jose had Khaby on his team he would been relagated to the bench long before Huet was.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 15, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

ridgely1, I still think Laich will be the captain in the near future. Ovie is very much an on0ice leader, but Laich's the one out there talking to anyone who will listen.

Although, if you thought Bettman 9and by extension, Don Cherry) we're flipping out at having to hand the Cup to a Swedish-born Capitan, imagine what will happen if they have to hand it to Ovechkin. Spontaneous combustion, anyone?

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I commend him for playing injured, however after there was in injection before the game he could no longer feel any pain or the injury. Therefor, really he probably would not have played any better. He couldn't tell he was injured with the ejection. Also, I would say 50% of all players on all teams have some kind of injury during the playoffs. So, I'm not sure he's doing something that everyone else is not doing. Remember after Crosby's first year in the playoffs we found out Sid was playing with a broken ankle throughout the playoffs. Now thats impressive.

Posted by: mmtinez007 | May 15, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

JT has a much bigger sample size than Huet. The difference between .909 and .900 is statisically small (nearly insignificant). And finally, we all know what playing behind Washington's defense does to a goalie.

I'm not syaing JT is Veznia material or anything (far from it), but nearly any goalie would have a difficult time putting up Veznia-worthy numbers in DC. Its a hard system to play behind and you get left out to dry ferquently.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

mmtinez007, getting an injection of painkillers doesn't just make the pain go away, it numbs you. You might as well be playing with dead weight. I tried it once in my knee and was having a hard time walking in that situation, I can't imagine playing hockey.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

No excuses. 1/2 the Pens team is hurt as well. I am tired of this town always having an excuse for why the teams never win. Ovie is the greatest goal scorer in the world right now. He is mediocre at best in his own zone and often forces plays when they are not there. Of course, he has made something out of nothing as well. He also will begin to receive penalties for his running guys and leaving his feet. Too many players are starting to talk, the league will listen. Bottom line, Crosby is more "complete" and better suited for a "team" style game, like the playoffs. The Caps need to dump some of the euro attitude and get some guys in that know how to win in the playoffs. Fedorov is not the answer.

Posted by: cmm11 | May 15, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

C'mon now. How many Caps fans felt a flashback to the season with Theo in net during Game 4 and Game 7 of this series. The long distance blasts ending up in the back of the net are not the D's fault. Theo was a nightmare and needed the entire season to get his save percentage back to 90. He lingered in the 88-89 range for months. We were winning games 4-3 and giving up about 20-25 shots. Many many weak goals found their way through. How many of you remember at the beginning of the season when we were always getting scored on, with Theo in net, by the first or second shot on a bad angle. Out of Jose's 32 wins, I honestly cannot remember him stealing many. Varly probably stole more in the playoffs than Theo did all season.

Anyhone who thinks Semin's jammed thumb is not a good reason for his production going down has not played the game. You have to remember that even though the Rangers, overall, are not as good as the Penguins, their goaltender is in another class, and they pride themselves on D. Semin's thumb hurt him against a team with less d-prowess, and MAF was average at best.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 15, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

oh god, the "eruos are selfish and don't knwo how to play good Canadian hockey. Gte rid of them and get yourself some good boys from Ontario and Nova Scotia!" line of thought. Please. Will you be crying that when Nick Lidstrom's European self is hoisting the Cup, again?

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

C'mon now. How many Caps fans felt a flashback to the season with Theo in net during Game 4 and Game 7 of this series. The long distance blasts ending up in the back of the net are not the D's fault. Theo was a nightmare and needed the entire season to get his save percentage back to 90. He lingered in the 88-89 range for months. We were winning games 4-3 and giving up about 20-25 shots. Many many weak goals found their way through. How many of you remember at the beginning of the season when we were always getting scored on, with Theo in net, by the first or second shot on a bad angle. Out of Jose's 32 wins, I honestly cannot remember him stealing many. Varly probably stole more in the playoffs than Theo did all season.

Oh, I remember. heck, I went "oh god, not Theo! NOOOOOOOOOOO!" two nights ago. But I refuse to participate in turning the guy into the antichrist of goaltenders. Its not like he's Martin Gerber or Manny Legace.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

@cmm11: Yes, Crosby needs his team because the majority of his points come from assists. He's not a team player anyway, he doesn't even know when to give his team mates props. The postgame interview had Crosby and MAF at the table. Crosby was asked the questions, actually pitched a homerun opportunity to say that MAFs save on Ovechkin was an early momentum swing and he missed it. Instead he talked about getting the goal on the PP (his goal) and the one 7 seconds later were the key. No they weren't the key. If MAF, who I stated already was average at best, would not have made that great save on Ovi's breakaway, the game may have played out very differently. Team player my butt.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 15, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey ccm11,is your real name Don Cherry?

Posted by: billieb | May 15, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

@CMM

Crosby and Ovie play different positions with different responsibilities. Comparing the two is meaningless.

Posted by: CheckingLine | May 15, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Nlys And Theo in Hershey does that free up cap next year? IF they play up to their potentional
they can be called up for the playoffs.Like Pitts did with Satan

Posted by: sporttraveler | May 15, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

interesting: http://www.fromtherink.com/2009/5/15/876057/its-official-the-blackhawks-are

We're down to the final four, with no Canadian teams left in the proceedings, so at this point, a pundit or two will count the Canadian-born players left on each team, add 'em up and proclaim the leader to be, in fact, Canada's team.

And, this year, with 13 Canucks on a roster of 20, Chicago is that team.

In terms of Canadian representation, Chicago has 13 players, Pittsburgh 11, Carolina seven and Detroit only six. American representation is Carolina seven, Pittsburgh six, Detroit four and Chicago three.

As for the most Europeans, Detroit leads the way by a large margin with 12 (55 per cent of the roster), followed by Carolina with eight, Pittsburgh with five and Chicago with four. The Red Wings have 70 per cent of the remaining Swedes, too.

So we know who Don Cherry's rooting for.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

@sporttraveler, Nylander as a no movement clause, which means he can't be moved to another team or the minors, without his consent. I'm not sure what Theo's status is, but I'm 99% he'd have to pass through waivers first. And a goalie that can put up 30+ wins behind Washington's D at a little over $2m would be might attractive to some teams.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

cmm, nobody's making excuses about injuries. players are asked and they answer. in the case of green it was obvious and there were suspicions about ovie. of course pitts has injuries, although outside of gonch, none seem to be restricting players too much. and if/when they get eliminated they will talk about them too. the hypocracy of pitts fans is astounding...calling caps bandwagon fans when you were last in attendance before sid...calling foul on restricting tickets sales when you guys did the same thing last year...calling the caps whiners for complaining about calls when your coach and players were doing the same thing when they were down 0-2. some sort of inferiority complex in that town even though you won the series.

pittsburgh was the better team this time. we'll see you guys again, and again, and again.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 15, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

It was a reply to a specific post, but it applies here also.

@ atybat

Nothing annoys me more than fans who have never played even in a pickup game downplaying injuries and calling players who play professional sports at the very top level through major injuries soft.

It was obvious to any keen observer (like me and others who have posted about way before it was officially announced) that Semin and Green were badly injured so no, McPhee is not making it up as you seem to claim.

It sucks that by being brave and playing through pain players open themselves up for criticism from perspective-less couch potatoes like you.

I've made this analogy before. Say you have a very nice car that runs great. Pop a tire and damage the transmission and it's not the same car no matter how good it was before. Expecting it to run the same is just plain stupid, but somehow expecting a badly injured player to play at the same level makes sense for people like you.

Green's shoulder injury prevented him from being physical or taking hits, from shooting or passing hard. And I'll never know how anyone can play hockey with a broken foot (Poti and Semin).

Another analogy. In the old days of hand to hand combat imagine one warrior being either hit with an arrow or either slashed or stabbed with a sword. Do you think he would be just as effective after that against someone who is not injured? Get real.

The fact is that Semin, who you are calling soft, is 100 times tougher than you or other of his critics will ever be. You probably miss work with a cold and a paper cut. He plays professional hockey with a broken foot.

Posted by: ranndino | May 15, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

redbirdie,
theo is due $4.5M this year...and the hawks tried to put khabibulin on waivers this year and no takers..and he's won a cup. i think they are glad there were no takers now.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 15, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

semin doesn't have a broken foot, he has an injured thumb. i believe.

someone hit their thumb with a hammer...then try gripping a hockey stick for 60+ minutes. EXACTLY, quit bashing semin.

also, we need to all get off the feds bandwagon though, he was really slow in the playoffs, and even though he had the game winner and has experience, i just don't see how 4 mil is worth that.

and kozzie's going to the khl anyway. we need a top solid gritty d man, and a 30 goal banger.

Posted by: iastdon | May 15, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Ovi can do without the C. I'm for Laich.

Posted by: Sonyask | May 15, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh I feel I have to add some comments on here now. Lets see injuries happen in sports. A pulled groin, a sore thumb, and who knows what else there was for excueses. How about this injury a possible torn ACL due to knee on knee hit? Even if it was an accident it was still a brutal hit. Here is another thing to think about through the what has become a rite of spring. Unless you don't know, I mean the Caps being eliminated by the Pens in the playoffs. It has been a long time in the NHL that it happened but its back. Think about this: "What's so special about (Crosby)?" Semin told Yahoo! Sports through a translator. "I don't see anything special there. Yes, he does skate well, has a good head, good pass. But there's nothing else. Even if you compare him to Patrick Kane from Chicago.(Kane) is a much more interesting player. The way he moves, his deking abilities, his thinking on the ice and his anticipation of the play is so superb." Well Washington, now you know. As a Penguins fan I realize how lucky we are to have had the players we have had and do have now. I hope you can enjoy the team you have. This will be the battle for the east in hockey for years to come. But don't belittle the Pens by making excuses. That does not do any justice to your team, your players, or the NHL in general.

Posted by: wa818 | May 15, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

@ RedBirdie

I've said this before and I will say it again. If Theodore were to be put on waivers no one would take him and if they do that would be the best possible solution for us. His 30 wins came despite his goaltending, not because of it and everyone in the NHL knows it. Only people who are, for some reason, madly in love with him still think that he's good. Had Varlamov been starting all year he'd get way more wins with this team.

Theodore, at this point in his career, has so many glaring holes in his game that he's better suited for the pace and the skill level of the Swiss league than the NHL. Notice I'm saying the KHL because I believe he'd suck there too.

If you are right and someone takes him off waivers from us I will be extremely happy, but I doubt there's any GM dumb enough to think that he's got something left.

Posted by: ranndino | May 15, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

@dcsportsfan1, if a team picks someone off waivers, they only pay half of the remaining money. thus, Theo would cst a team 2.25 million. Khabibulin cost quite a bit more than that and had quite the unexpected resurgance this year. If I'm a GM back in Spetember, Khabibulin isn't a risk I'm all that willing to take on.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Gotta stop making excuses for them. Everybody plays with a little something hurting them. Once the puck drops I guarantee nobody is feeling any pain... adrenaline takes over. As far as Ovechkin vs Crosby, yeah, they play different positions with different responsibilities, but Ovy does cheat up that left wing way too much for my taste, especially when the Caps are still fighting for possession in their own zone. Ovechkin most dangerous, Crosby most complete. IMHO

Posted by: warlok | May 15, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

@ iastdon

I read that Semin had both, a broken foot and a jammed thumb. I'd love to see his critics play a pickup hockey game or how about just, I don't know, say ultimate frisbee with injuries like this. Soft my arse.

Posted by: ranndino | May 15, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

If you are right and someone takes him off waivers from us I will be extremely happy, but I doubt there's any GM dumb enough to think that he's got something left.

just remind yourself, these are NHL GM's we're talking about. "Dumb" is the nicest thign you can say abotu some of them.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

btw, new post: "Fedorov not retiring" hope to remain a Capital. yipeeeeeeeeee!

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 15, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

@warlok: I have no idea what game you and others that complain about Ovi zone play are watching. If anything our forwards were collapsing too much, including Ovi, which is why the Pens D kept keeping the puck in. It was rimming around the boards before the Forwards on the weak side were covering the slot (as they should) could get out to retrieve for a breakout. The rimming around the boards is kind of ditched afte Pee-Wees and our D did it a lot. Ovi's breakaway wasn't because he was on the far side of the Pitt D, it was due to an indirect pass that Ovi won the race to.

Now the Caps are not making excuses they are releasing their injury report that they keep to themselves while still in the hunt. EVERY team does it because every team is nursing injuries. It won't make national news, and is not meant to diminish what the Pens did at all.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 15, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

@ warlok

Gotta stop making excuses for them. Everybody plays with a little something hurting them. Once the puck drops I guarantee nobody is feeling any pain... adrenaline takes over.

---

Yet another person who has never played sports on any kind of level. See my post above.

Adrenaline, schmadrenaline... You still feel pain and also loss of strength in the parts that are injured that simply prevent you from doing things you normally do no matter how much you want to do them mentally.

These are excuses only to people who have never played any sport in their lives.

I have a suggestion for you. Next time you break your foot or tear an ACL just get an injection and walk about like nothing happened. There's a reason people use crutches, for example.

Also, think about this. By playing through injuries like these players risk long term effects which can shorten their career and lower their quality of life in general. There's a reason NFL players last only 3 years on average. After a while they just can't do what they used to be able to regardless of adrenaline or injections.

Posted by: ranndino | May 15, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

To Pens fans that are still hanging around on here. The injury reports are not excuses and don't diminish what your team has done.

I can't speak for others, but I personally have consistently said throughout the series that we got outplayed in every game, but 5. I also said that I've gained respect for Crosby. He's an excellent, very talented and intelligent player who plays very hard for his team.

Every team has fans that are objective and intelligent and those who aren't. Ovechkin bashing by Pens fans is just as stupid as the inability of some of the Caps fans to give Crosby any credit. Smart fans of all teams have respect for great players regardless what uniform they're wearing.

Posted by: ranndino | May 15, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Seriously. What's up with all the Pens fans posting here? They're starting to look like Yankees fans.

Posted by: snakegriffin | May 15, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

cmm11 and mmtinez007 = pens fans. I don't have a problem with Pens fans posting here, but try not to "hide" it by acting like you're really Caps fans who love Crosby. I'll be the first to admit that Crosby had a great playoffs. But it's obvious you don't know Ovi because of your responses and that's how I know you're both Pens fans. Just because you get an injection doesn't mean you're playing the same way. And I wish I had a $ for every Pens fan that says Ovi leaves his feet every time he hits. Guess what, he hits and he hits so hard that both players usually leave the feet AFTERWARDS.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 15, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

wa818 I don't think most people on these boards belittle the Pens. In fact, if you've been on this boards a lot, you'd see that most people gave the Pens credit and thought they were the better TEAM--TEAM being the key word. Not that Crosby was better than Ovi (or vice versa). And not that anyone is blaming the injuries, although a person can't help but think what a healthy Semin and Green might have meant.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 15, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

@ranndino:

Exactly. If we had Crosby and they had OV, you'd see exactly the same b*tching on both sides. Without the creative OV photoshops.

There are two groups of people who hate on Crosby here: those who hate great opposing players for being good (but respect their abilities) and those who hate for no reason. I've seen people here calling Crosby a garbage collector and a cherry picker. Anyone who says this is completely ignorant, as Crosby doesn't actually hang around the net as much as he did this series, and he's actually quite a good defensive player and backchecker. He simply adapted his play a little bit to do what was needed to help his team win. And for that, he deserves a lot of respect.

It's hard to compare OV and Crosby, or say whether OV didn't stand up to the challenge. OV did what he had to, and I think there's ways he could tweak his game to adapt to playoff-style hockey. We have a young, extremely talented team and there are plenty of reasons to think that the adjustments will be made and every year we'll keep going deeper into the playoffs. I, for one, am pretty excited.

Posted by: snakegriffin | May 15, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

snakegriffin--agree with your post. And I think Ovi is only going to get better--remember each playoffs, he's learning something new. He had to adapt his game during the Rangers series, and he did. Remember, Crosby grew up playing North American style hockey, Ovi didn't. The one thing I believe is that Ovi has a much bigger upside that we haven't even seen yet--if he takes what he's learned and builds on it.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 15, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Here's one Caps fan hoping those cursed Penguins win the Cup this year. In fact, I hope they SWEEP the Canes and Wings! Imagine Pittsburgh looking back over a playoff swing where they win the Cup over Detroit in 4 or 5, won the East over Carolina in 4 or 5, beat Philly in the first round in 6...but took 7 games to beat the Caps in a series that saw 5 1-goal victories and 3 overtimes! Then as a Cap fan, we would see how very close we are to a CUP of our own! And remember, the Pens won games 3 and 5 on a lucky bounce...champions need a little luck, but if either lucky had gone our way, it would have been Caps in 6. Just saying, the Pens were better THIS time, but next time, who knows?

Posted by: LeopardSeal | May 15, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

And I am sick of my fellow Caps fans trying to blame Semin and Green. The Young Guns are the core of our future. If I was GM, I would dump Theodore and Johnson, and let Varly and Neuvirth play 40 games each. I would let go of Kozlov and Fedorov both, though I love 'em. Fedorov brings little besides maturity, and after this year's experience, I think the Young Guns will mature a lot. Kozlov is inconsitent, which is why he has been cut by so many other teams. Bring up Aucoin and Alzner, cut Brash, and start looking at gaps BEFORE the trade deadline, not after. The road to the Cup may go through Pittsburgh for the next few years, so build a team designed to beat them. And force them to realize...their road to the Cup for the next few years ALSO goes through DC.

Posted by: LeopardSeal | May 15, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

It's really strange how teams that play the Penguins seem to suffer a rash of injuries to wrists, thumbs, hands, ankles (just above the boot but below the pads). It's also fortuitous how these injuries just happen to always occur to the most skilled players on teams playing the Penguins. It's also curious how the sticks of teams playing the Penguins seem to break in just the spot where another stick, moving at a high velocity, would strike the stick. It's also a bit odd that there are few slashing penalties called on the Penguins but the Pens seem to draw a lot of hooking and tripping penalties. I don't know what I'm saying, so I'm just saying...

Posted by: Matt23185 | May 15, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Like I've been saying all playoffs: I'll root for Hamas and Hezbollah if they are playing a team from Pittsburgh. I'd love to see the Penguin fans troll the Hamas and Hezbollah message boards trying to taunt them the way they taunt the fans of every other team in the NHL. "Sidney Crosby is, like 10,000x better than, like, your dude. I'll bet Crosby and Malkin could take you wussies out with one hand tied behind their backs. Pittsburgh rules, best city on the planet, best city in the U.S.!"

Posted by: Matt23185 | May 15, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Caps fans need to stop whining about injuries, half the Penguins are playing with life-threatening injuries, and you don't see them crying. And stop complaining about calls, the Caps were only outpenalized 2-1, the Penguins usually enjoy a 3-1 advantage, so if anything, the refs were biased towards the Caps. This series proves once and for all that Ovechkin is way overrated, he is not a team player, he is not a leader, and he takes way to many shots. My blind grandmother could score 55 goals per year if she took 10,000 shots. If the Capitals played in the Atlantic Division they wouldn't even finish above .500. Malkin is a better player than Ovechkin, because second assists are more important than goals. Washington will never win a championship because its fans don't understand the game. When a lucky bounce results in a Pens goal, that proves Pittsburgh is the better team, but when a lucky bounce results in a Caps goal, it also proves that Pittsburgh is the better team. Semin is a baby, Green is a fake, Varly is a fraud, Backstrom is too European, Boudreau is too fat, Verizon Center is too loud, and Steelers fans show up a Redskins games, all proof that the Penguins dominated the Caps and could have won this series in 4 games except we were going easy on you. SIGNED your typical low-life unwashed unemployed steel-driving Pennsylvania-dwelling Moron.

Posted by: LeopardSeal | May 15, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I respect the Penguins, I do not respect most of their fans.

Posted by: LeopardSeal | May 15, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Writing off Federov for next year is a little premature. He was slated to be the 3rd line center and to be on the power play. He ended up being either the 1st or 2nd line center because Nylander was so ineffective. Playing a 39+ year old guy that many minutes was eventually going to wear him down going against the No. 1 line of a team like the Penguins.

The answer is to find a true second line center to pair with Semin and for Backstrom to move up the first line. I don't see any player in the Caps system that fills that need, but we should be able to find one in FA. Kozlov is a good compliment to Ovechkin with his willingness to muck in the corners and as a passer. I'd just like to see him shoot more often to be a scoring threat.

Posted by: wizfan89 | May 15, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

#1 reason why we have so many groin injuries is because our ice sucks. Its too soft which make your muscles work even harder to take a stride. This has been a problem for years. Just no one has done anything to fix it.

Posted by: CapsFan44 | May 15, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

ov doesnt want the c...if he had it he would be expected to be at all practises...work hard in the defensive zone... and not hurt the team by staying out too long on shifts....Let him be the offensive catalyst dont try to make him captain when he doesnt fit the job description

Posted by: wendel2 | May 15, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

@cmm1

no, stay Euro, Caps. That's our identity. The league will catch up to us, we get to carry the fire. Sure, supplement with some gritty players. I love Hartnell but he's too expensive. I say no to Pronger, he'll be washed up soon. Keep Semin - he's a top level talent. We've got to find a way to create some space for him, or get the refs to respect him. And, he should work that upper body out a bit, needs more strength up there.

The Cup is only part of the season - being too focused on expectations and you lose the joy of the ride. This team will give us a great ride each year.

Since Neuvirth is doing so well, the one guy I'd actually consider trading - if we could get some fast, powerful forwards for him - is Varly. I know, it's insane, but GMGM says Caps think Neuvirth as good as Varly. We can't keep 'em both and only one has trade value right now.

Posted by: WritingLight | May 15, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

The definition of hyperbole: "half the Penguins are playing with life-threatening injuries"

Posted by: OvechkinFan92801 | May 15, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

SID the KID RULED THE CAPS... just like I said before the series started! Now they try and say they we're injured!! BS...talk about cry babies! You think Gonchar wasn't injured!!!! give me a break,,, everyones injured in the playoffs..doesn't matter, you fight thru it. And once again Pens crushed you fools, because AO isn't a team player, but a one man show. Sid is the real deal!!! GO PENS BABY!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: smartbomb1 | May 15, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I am just greatful that I do not live in Pittsburgh...the ugliest, dirtiest, smelliest excuse for a city this side of Detriot... I feel sorry for the Pens fans... what else do they have in their miserable lives besides sports?

Posted by: graham72 | May 17, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

@graham72

What else does Pittsburgh have? A lower murder rate than DC. Less crime. Some high class people down there in DC.

Obviously you have never been to Pittsburgh in the last 30 years, because it certainly is none of what you describe.

@Caps fans in general: The Caps will always be losers because they make excuses. The nets weren't put away and the injury excuse was rolled out. Everyone is banged up. Get over it.

Posted by: dan_comet | May 17, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

I wish the Pens fans would leave already. They ought to understand that the only thing that might even remotely bring a smile to our faces is if the Earth just swallowed up Pittsburgh or the entire team was quite literally turned into penguins. Ooo, even better: every time the Pens fans tried to cheer the team on, they would squawk like penguins. So you've got the igloo and a bunch of people squawking like flightless birds. It'd be funny. Oh, and how 'bout a tabloid picture of Crosby wearing Victoria Secrets. Just a thought. It'd make me laugh and hold me over until Capitals hockey comes back. =) I think he's more of a black fishnet stockings type. *sigh*

Get well soon, Capitals! =)

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 18, 2009 2:23 AM | Report abuse

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