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Ovechkin skates briefly

Alex Ovechkin skated for about five minutes here wearing a red track suit this morning. The two-time MVP took some strides, handled the puck a couple of times, then left the ice prior to the team practice, I'm told.

Ovechkin suffered what appeared to be a right knee injury in last night's 3-2 win in Carolina.

The Caps have yet to make an announcement regarding his injury. No word yet on whether he'll face any discipline from the league for his hit on Tim Gleason, either.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 1, 2009; 10:56 AM ET
 
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Very interesting. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Posted by: uncatim | December 1, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

You can't defend OV on this one.
Reckless or Dirty, it was a dumb play by Ovechkin..and he definitely deserves a suspension.
If he's not suspended by league he should be suspended by the team for putting his team in such bad spots the last couple games.
Posted by: CapsandRavens | December 1, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse


Really CapsandRavens fan? So what's your take on Ray Lewis playing on the edge? Or as non-Ravens fans like me would say, playing dirty as hell.
Posted by: fanohock1 | December 1, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 1, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

good news i hope...

Posted by: dmwechs1 | December 1, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

That's a great sign, hoping for a bruise or somethng minor.

Posted by: hokiedee | December 1, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

That's gotta be slightly good news, right? If you blow your knee out, you don't skate for five minutes the next morning... anyone else frantically checking this site every five minutes today?!

Posted by: jay-17 | December 1, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

did they have practice yet?

Posted by: Bagher | December 1, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

"Ovechkin suffered what appeared to be a right knee injury in last night's 3-2 win in Carolina."

tarik, seriously...appeared to be a right knee injury? i'd say clearly he was injured and clearly it was his right knee, or thereabouts. i know you are just supposed to report the facts and not engage in speculation, but really...

be funny if the team says just "lower body" injury on their official report....i

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | December 1, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Dirty play thy name is Ovie. Hope the bum gets suspended and that his knee keeps him out even longer. What a jerk.

Posted by: Buddy89 | December 1, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Lower-body injury. Day-to-day.

Posted by: Fro_ | December 1, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Haha deep breath folks. Seriously - one poster not being able to sleep? Wow slow down folks. Yes it's concerning what happened to Ovie but with his high-speed and sometimes reckless play - these things happen.

That's a good sign he's at least able to get on skates and move. I know Tarik said he took strides but I'm curious to know if he was able to make some turns or quick cuts? Probably not since you don't want to chance anything the day after but it is encouraging.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | December 1, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

He wouldn't be able to skate on a bad knee. Good news. Phew ...

Posted by: fizhe | December 1, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

@Buddy89 - you and all the other haters can buzz off. Get a clue and look at the video. He crushes Gleason if he doesn't try to cut inside. He was going to hit him low but when Gleason ducks inside it exposed the legs to hit first.

Go back to your armchair and quiet down. LOL

Posted by: Jonathan6 | December 1, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

jay-17 said: anyone else frantically checking this site every five minutes today?!

Me! :-)

The hit was questionable. I don't think it rises necessarily to the level of suspension, though I've only watched the replay a couple of times. Suspension-worthy or not, Ovi needs to do a better job of gauging when to go for the big hit and make sure he can do it cleanly. I don't think he was out to get anyone in either of the two recent hits that have gotten him ejected, but he's certainly going to attract even more attention from the league and the refs now.

Posted by: BigRed8 | December 1, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Idiot/Moron/Dipsh*t thy name is Buddy89....go back and guard your bridge troll.

Posted by: PhilR | December 1, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

As a big-time Caps and OV fan, I hope he is ok. I also hope that he has learned from this. He is not a dirty player, but you need to be aware of things like knees sticking out when you are playing, for your own good as well as the other guy's. I expect a suspension, if only for the league to appease the whiners who talk about a double standard concerning superstars. But if you watch the play at full speed it is obvious that this shouldn't even have been a penalty, the guy made a slick move to avoid a hit.

Posted by: buzzardbait | December 1, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

After reading this I would be stunned if Ovi had a serious knee injury. I don't see the Capitals allowing him to do this if they suspected an ACL injury.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | December 1, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and of course, glad he's skating today. Hope it's not too serious, as skating on it would suggest is the case. And glad both players he hit weren't injured either. He's not a goon, his intent was not to injure. Hockey's a physical game, and Ovi's a physical player of that physical game.

Posted by: BigRed8 | December 1, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Hahaha! You people and your Ovie-colored glasses are a joke. It was a dirty hit as was the one on Kaleta last week...and deep down you all know it. So sad.

Posted by: Buddy89 | December 1, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

@DCSportsfan,

Well, to be fair to Tarik, it looked like he hit more with his thigh, but regardless you can do all sorts of dufferent types of damage with a hit like that. It could be the knee, the leg, the hip, etc. Its clearly a right "leg" injury, but that could be anything from the knee up, really. So, Tarik is correct in saying that it "appeared" to be a knee injury.

Well, he's skating, so its not a tear of something like the ACL. Could be a sprain or just a bruise. I feel pretty confident that he's not out for months or anything like that.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | December 1, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

If he had a serious ligament injury, he probably would lack the stability in the joint to even walk much less skate. I also think the Orthopedic docs would not let him on the ice if they suspected it was something to that extent.

This is encouraging news for me. I can at least stop hitting 'update' on the web browser as much and get back to work.

Posted by: DrCapsFan11 | December 1, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Finally, something to rival the boredom and monotony of the Nylander saga. Somebody actually suggested that since our bench just got smaller, we should play Nyls. LMFAO!

Posted by: Chad8 | December 1, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I'm keeping my optimism in check. It is very possible to skate on a knee that will otherwise take 4-5 weeks to mend.

Posted by: ShutDownStud | December 1, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Did Ovi have a bunch of staffers watching him or a scared equipment guy who got coerced by Ovi to get his skates out for him? Hopefully he has already been evaluated and it is nothing serious. I believe the boys can hold the fort and play some good solid hockey without him but remember the tunnel with the light at the end of it wasn't all that long last time. A severe injury with weeks of recovery puts the team in a different state of mind. Nice things is Knubs should be back in a what, 3 games, and Semin is a possibility for Thursday.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 1, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

We can assume that 1) an MRI was preformed this morning and no structural damage was found, 2) as a result of 1) the team let him put on skates and gingerly test the leg/knee, and 3) he's goinng to miss some time from this injury.

The league - and not the team - would do Ovie a favor by slapping a suspension on him saying, in essence, play hard but play smart. I imagine the team has been telling him this for awhile. He needs to hear it from the NHL.

Posted by: ccape1 | December 1, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

@Chad8,

I hear Nylander will be taking OV's spot on the first line. ;)

Posted by: oldtimehockey | December 1, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I think Bruce will suit up and skate b4 Nyls will don a Caps sweater again. Think they make the jersey in a XXXL?

Posted by: Chad8 | December 1, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

You live by the sword and you die by the sword. No matter how much time he misses, it will be good for him. He deserved what he got.

Posted by: notindc1 | December 1, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

jonathan6- the voice of reason! =)

Posted by: jogabonito | December 1, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

@fanohock01

play didn't seem intentional - the knee to knee didn't seem like anything either player wanted to happen - the penalty call was automatic because the other guy had the puck (is how I heard it described, anyway). But Ovie will need to mature a tad - at times his exuberance slides over into immaturity and even something like the vulgar. He'll get it, he's a smart guy and he should be able to grow into his role more completely as time goes by.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | December 1, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Buddy89: Why in the heck do people like you come to the CI. Don't give that trash that it's a free country. You are just here to cause trouble and frankly the CI staff is supposed to monitor people like you that come to this site and are: "predatory, hateful, or intended to intimidate or harass."

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 1, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Ohfer.

The hit on Kaleta last week - a dirty hit? It barely warranted a two minute minor for boarding! Jeez. Kaleta is a diver, and he turned into the boards to make it look worse than it did.

This hit? It depends on the angle you watch it from. The angles I saw last night, it all looked like Gleason ran into the inside of Ovechkin's right leg with his knee. PuckDaddy posts a photo that makes it look like Ovechkin was leading knee-first on the hit. Reality? Probably somewhere in the middle.

And yeah, a 2-3 game suspension is probably coming... I just hope the injury isn't that bad.

Posted by: irockthered | December 1, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

As somone with 5 ACL reconstructions, two of them as a results of playing, this IS without a doubt, great news. My guess is that most of the impact occurred slightly above the knee and there was no tweaking involved as far as I could tell from the replays. I bet he's just really stiff and wanted to make sure that he didn't experience any "oddidies" while skating since walking around can't really tell you much about how you feel once on the ice. Woohoo, what a relief.

Posted by: jakopz | December 1, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Wow - but speaking of suspensions - what about that two handed whack Ballard gave his own goalie. Probably almost killed him. I know not intentional, but the league should probably suspend him. And I think Vokoun - if seriously injured - might have good cause to bring a lawsuit...

Posted by: RedLitYogi | December 1, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

"predatory, hateful, or intended to intimidate or harass."

Really? I think you just described Ovie. Loser.

Posted by: Buddy89 | December 1, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

@Buddy89

Did you even watch the hit? It was pretty obvious that Gleason was trying to avoid a hit. Kaleta turned his head and bent down. Ovie's just an aggressive player who finishes ALL of his checks, which lead to this incident.

Posted by: JD09 | December 1, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Buddy89

The hit was reckless, but he was nottrying to hurt him with his knee (too risky about injuring yourself)The hit on Kaleta was clean...everbody thats not Don Cherry outside the Caps franchise agreed...Hitting a guy in the shoulder is not aboarding...its not our fault he put his head down and tried to turn at the last second! I will not defend what OV did,... I hope he learns from this. But take your crosby glasses off and get over your anti-OV bias...I know...you wish you had the MVP on yor team, but that doesn't mean you have to revert back to kindergaten argument tacticts.

Posted by: capscoach | December 1, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Someone needs to take out Buddy89. Get a life!

Take some time off Ovie. The boys will handle things until you return.

Posted by: cfrazier91 | December 1, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

predatory, hateful, or intended to intimidate or harass."

Really? I think you just described Ovie. Loser.

Posted by: Buddy89 | December 1, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse
------------------------------------
Good point Buddy. 2-time MVP, best hockey player in the world? "Loser"
Recliner-jockey, probably in Mom's basement and part-time blog troll? "Winner".

Got it.

Posted by: Chad8 | December 1, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Great to hear.

Will await the NHL. I see a suspention, warranted, for some reckless play.

Posted by: saintex | December 1, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

What the heck is the supposed to mean Buddy89. See you, and others that come here to cause trouble, slap little one liners down. It's like dropping a grenade and waiting for the reaction. All I know is our Caps are leading the Eastern Conference. Your favorite team, is not. Why don't you go to your team's board and try to brainstorm how the heck your team can make changes to catch the Caps.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 1, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Dirty play thy name is Ovie. Hope the bum gets suspended and that his knee keeps him out even longer. What a jerk.

Posted by: Buddy89

YOU ARE A JERK!!

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | December 1, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Really, how long is it going to take the NHL to make a decision? BTW, how does a suspension work--does it mean you're not allowed to be around the team?

Posted by: dfe1 | December 1, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

@Buddy89 - really? The hit on Kaleta too - it's you with the glasses on my friend. Go back and look at the videos or maybe you do get it and you just enjoy getting off trying to gain attention from people on here. Seriously? Get a life. I'd be the first to step up and say Ovie's hits were dirty but guess what? They weren't dirty. They were close. I don't even need to justify them. The video speaks for itself. Have a nice day. :)

Posted by: Jonathan6 | December 1, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, Buddy, everybody hates him. That's why they voted him the Lester B. Pearson award.

Posted by: uncatim | December 1, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I think the NHL will decide prior to the next game - the only rule I know of - so we may not hear until tomorrow or Thurs. AM. Don't know about the rest.

Posted by: saintex | December 1, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

peeps

Buddy89 deserves nothing more than to be ignored. are Caps fans skins really that thin??

Posted by: doughless | December 1, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

He'll be suspended. He was put on notice when he was ejected two games ago. The league has to follow through.

It won't be a long suspension, but it could reverberate when the MVP votes are cast.

It doesn't look like a malicious hit, but it was the result of a general recklessness whith which Ovechkin plays. As an organization, the Capitals need to take the good with the bad. It's hard to discourage this behavior while simultaneously encourage the kind of play it begets.

This team is often listless without the engergy Ovechkin brings.

Posted by: JohninMpls | December 1, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I think if it was just this situation, then you might not see a suspension, but there has been a lot of questionable stuff over the last two years with OV and this is prob the one that needs to send a message. Who knows, a message like a 3-5 game suspension might be a good thing for OV. As much as I like his physical style, would we not benefit in the long run as a team if he toned it back a little. Really with just this year you have a slew foot, the board on Kelata (not a great call in my opinion, but still got a 5+10), and then this hit. Think you have to look at the big picture from the season so far.

Not trying to be a troll or anything as I am a caps fan living in Raleigh trying to defend the style of hockey OV plays all night and day, but you can't make a hit leading with your knee out that far. Don't care how low you skate. It's not how we teach kids to hit and not how pros should hit. You are asking for something like that.

Alright, said all I am going to say... back to just reading

Posted by: UMWHockey | December 1, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

@RedLitYogi - Ear laceration only. Vokoun got LUCKY!

Personally, I think breaking your stick on purpose in a temper tantrum should be an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but it's not in the rulebook that way...

Posted by: irockthered | December 1, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I can drop a troll grenade...that doesn't mean you dopes have to respond. Fools.

Posted by: Buddy89 | December 1, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

The boarding and kneeing are two different areas for the NHL, from what I understand. The 41-game probby for the boarding doesn't actually affect this decision.

Posted by: saintex | December 1, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Oh no, fanohock and the rest of the girls are getting their panties in a bunch over Buddy, who speaks the truth. Hey fanohock, grow a pair you crybaby. wahhh... admins help me... wahhh. Pathetic.

Posted by: Jumpy66 | December 1, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

hey buddy 89:

2-time mvp and greatest player on earth....thy name is ovechkin. so he enjoys crushing people as much as he scores goals...is that a bad thing?

Posted by: Rgertz | December 1, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

New thread.

Posted by: irockthered | December 1, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

irockthered: I think Olie Kolzig would disagree with you there.

Posted by: uncatim | December 1, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I really can't stand the haters out there....hoping someone gets hurt. I never wish someone ill and it just goes to show those who are classless....

I was watching the FLA vs. ATL. game last night and there was a kneeing incident in that game that was much more worse and on purpose than OV's. Schubert clipped Olesz sticking out the knee. He got only two minutes, Olesz stayed on the ice a few minutes and then need help off. Where is the outcry for this hit????? OV got 5 mins. because he is OV and the hit is being looked at with a microscope because it is OV.....I do believe OV plays a little too reckless (and last night's hit was very borderline depending on the angle)and hopefully this can calm his game on that point alittle

Posted by: sazzwho | December 1, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Agreed, saintex. Ovie is irresponsible and reckless, and certainly deserves a message to weed these potentially dangerous attributes of his game out. He can certainly skate with the same energy while being a bit more wary of the positions he's putting himself into. I also understand the viewpoint of some of the persona non grata that have been hanging around CI in that the league should not differentiate much between reckless plays and intentionally dirty plays. They both injure people just the same. As I mentioned on another post last night (or maybe really early this morning), Ovie needs this more than the league needs to "make an example of someone". If you're going to make an example of someone, do it with the headhunters. Ovie is the face of hockey right now; he needs to be smarter not just for the team and himself, but for the sport of hockey.

Posted by: snakegriffin | December 1, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

A lot of new faces today....

Posted by: JD09 | December 1, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Last week's hit on Kaleta was not dirty and should not have been a boarding major (same goes for Gleason's major for boarding Perrault last night). Ovie's knee to knee hit on Gleason - a major was the right call and a suspension is probably in order. but it was not dirty. It's clear from video that ovie intended to throw the shoulder and did not stick out his knee. Gleason just made a good move to avoid it and their knees hit. By rule it was knee to knee. Did ovie intended to completely wreck Gleason? Of course! That's the game and that's one of the things that makes him so complete and exciting. Did he intend to hit him on the knee? it's obvious to most that he did not. but for the all the Ovechkin haters this is something cheap and easy to cling to and they will use it forever.

Posted by: rihardy | December 1, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Seriously fans - let's stick to talking hockey and our team. No need to waste anytime responding to ignorance. Although I admit it's humorous. No life. Haha. Oh yea - that was a big OOPS by Keith Ballard from FLA last night wasn't it? Can you say ouch?

Posted by: Jonathan6 | December 1, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Hey Buddy89 - your plan of coming onto a Caps blog and bashing a beloved player worked - great job! It's obviously created the stir you were looking for, so hopefully you're getting the attention you so desperately need.

Enjoy the rest of your day - maybe after you're done with your angry rants you'll still have time to head over to the Animal Shelter and kick some kittens.


Posted by: jay-17 | December 1, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

The hit on Kaleta was not a dirty hit and merited either no call or a two minute penalty (if anything, I'd have called it charging). This time, Gleason made a good inside move. Ovechkin was coming to hit him. When he saw that Gleason had gone inside, he didn't want to leave empty-handed I guess and caught him with his knee and leg. As we should all remember, Ovie will get an automatic 1-gamer, but I think he'll get 2. As for the injury, my guess is that both guys have bruises but that Ovie's is a bit nastier. There's also a chance that his knee is sprained but I feel like the team would have said NO to him skating with a sprained knee,

Posted by: wis193 | December 1, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

snake, if you're at games you see Ovi pull out of loads of hits. Unfortunately, with 250 hits a year - over a 1,000 in the last four years - he's going to have issues. As a fan, I want him to be more careful but they may not happen.

Posted by: saintex | December 1, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I'm clearly biased, so I won't comment on whether the play was dirty or not. I didn't see it live, but got several texts after the penalty saying it shouldn't have been a major. My understanding is that if a penalty like kneeing, boarding, high sticking results in an injury the major is automatic. I could be wrong on that one though.

I think the real issue is Ovi does play on the edge. Part of his game is hitting people. The problem is sometimes bad things happen. It's the nature of the sport. Unfortunately Ovi has had a recent string of bad luck with hits that could be interpreted as legal and unfortunate or illegal and worthy of discipline. I think the league may have to suspend him for a game or two just as an example. He isn't a dirty player. He doesn't use his stick to hurt players and has never sucker punched anyone off a face off or from behind. It's more like a defensive end trying to hit a QB and making contact with his helmet. It's not intentional, but still called a penalty. It's just a bummer. I'd almost prefer he get suspended so we can say he's paid his debt and move on.

(For the record - the hit against Buffalo was an awful call. Clean hit shoulder to shoulder...that's hockey).

Posted by: DisgustedinArlington | December 1, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

People like Buddy89 and Jumpy69 go on message boards to have their voices heard. No one else in their lives pays much attention to what they say, much less whether they're breathing or not, so these boards are a great place for them to feel like someone cares about what they have to say. You two go right ahead and speak your minds. Don't mind us. We're not laughing at you. Really, we're not.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | December 1, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

@LeftCoastCapsFan - You care. You really care. And thus you lend me legitimacy. I thank you for that. Chump.

Posted by: Buddy89 | December 1, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Phew...that is GREAT news. I can breathe again. I actually want him to get suspended, give him time to think about all this - maybe he'll be less inclined to do stuff like that again.

Posted by: gs12 | December 1, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

thank GOD he is skating!!!! so so happy.

Posted by: Bondra2Ovie | December 1, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

ove an't a dirty player so all you haters back off and go watch tennis golf or Bowling lol.

Posted by: iboost | December 1, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

oh and buddy89....admit it- you and all the ovie haters WISH you had a player like him on whatever pathetic team it is that you "support." jealousy is really not very flattering.

Posted by: Bondra2Ovie | December 1, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Moderation on this blog is a joke. We have a self-admitted troll congratulating himself mid-thread?

Posted by: jjhare | December 1, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

@jjhare - Thanks for the shoutout! You just couldn't help it could you? You rock...the Red! Ha! Bunch of know nothing hockey wannabes!

Posted by: Buddy89 | December 1, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

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