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Ovechkin not warming up

Alex Ovechkin did not take the warm up before tonight's game against the Maple Leafs. He was struck on the right foot by a slap shot Wednesday in practice, and it appears he won't play. If that is the case, it will be only the second game in his career that he's missed because of injury (and fourth total).

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 5, 2009; 6:37 PM ET
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Now that's a BAD NEWS

Posted by: Tondi | March 5, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

oh wow.... that can't be good... Time to step up boys... you have big shoes to fill...

Posted by: dmwechs1 | March 5, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Ohhh crud......

Posted by: EricS2 | March 5, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: ratgurl46 | March 5, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

When your star player is out a game and you are coming off back to back upsets? Lets Go Caps!!

Posted by: trunkenmath | March 5, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

As big as this hurts, we can't always rely on Ovechkin to do all our work. The Pens have done very well recently without Crosby.(although Malkin is really their best player)

Here's Semin's chance. I call a turnaround for Nylander.

Shut down Stajan, Blake, Hagman and Poni and the Caps should do fine. The Leafs have been playing very well lately, but you should easily run their defense. Kubina and Kaberle are no threat defensively.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | March 5, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully he will be ready on Sunday.

Go Get 'em Caps!

( I can't stand Ron Wilson!)

Posted by: Landshark | March 5, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

dean evason should man the point on our powerplay if he's got a shot hard enough to hurt russian machine. either that, or he should be taken out back and flogged..

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 5, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

If he had to sit out one game, it would be this one, and certainly not Sunday's game against Pittsburgh. We don't need (shouldn't need) Ovechkin to beat Toronto. (BUT IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE HIM, THOUGH!!!)

Posted by: dcox50 | March 5, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

dcsportsfan1: Was it truly Dean Evason? ahhh :(

Posted by: rachel216 | March 5, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Evason should be ashamed of himself for knocking out the best hockey player in the world. I've seen Evason do this before..on Michal Neuvirth during a drill last month. They were practicing his lateral movement sending a guy around a cone and heading to the net with a pass as Neurvirth slid over. He started cheating on the play so Evason decided to "keep him honest" and blast a slapper at him. Neurvirth wasn't expecting it and got nailed on the collar bone and needed about ten minutes to regroup.

Evason needs to stop that crap or get shown the door.

Posted by: meagle | March 5, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: mauree | March 5, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

It sounded like a typical / routine play... Evason shot the puck and instead of watching it Ovie was just looking for the rebound and it hit him... straight from Ovie's mouth.

Posted by: rh71 | March 5, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

IS THAT TRUE? OMG he needs to leave! He did that to Neuvy? AHH poor Neuvy! ;( Did you see it for yourself?

Posted by: rachel216 | March 5, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

What an evil person he is! I can't believe he would do that to that Michal. I can't stand for anyone who hurts their own players!

Posted by: rachel216 | March 5, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I think Boudreau, the staff, and players would be aware of what Evason has done if that truly happened. Stuff happens.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | March 5, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

By the way, hockey is a team sport. This whole team isn't all about Ovechkin. We have plenty of talent on the team and in the organization. Ovie is a huge unit, but we still have some big components.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | March 5, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Ovi is just one piece of the puzzle. Let's go Caps!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 5, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

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