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Injury sidelines Caps' Ovechkin 7-10 days

Posted on: March 21, 2011 1:35 pm
Edited on: March 24, 2011 1:29 am
 
ARLINGTON, Va. --- Words like “nagging injury,” “aches and pains” and “maintenance” were tossed around the practice rink to explain why Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin' will miss seven to 10 days.

Then Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau was asked if Tuesday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers was a playoff contest -- not just one of 82 regular season games -- if his captain would play.

“Probably not,” Boudreau told reporters on Monday. 

The official word is that Ovechkin is sore. Not upper body. Not lower body. Just sore. 

“He's had some nagging injuries for a while now,” Boudreau said. “We only have one game in six days, so we thought this would be the best time to get him completely healed up.”

Ovechkin collided knee-on-knee with Detroit's Darren Helm last week and Ovechkin is also thought to have some sort of hand injury, but Boudreau refused to go into specifics. 

“He hasn't practiced with the team in a while,” Boudreau said. “He wants to feel better. He doesn't like waking up every moning and feeling like he's got to go through an hour of (treatment) to get ready for practice. He wants to play. The playoffs are important to him.”

Ovechkin has been a fairly sturdy player through the first six years of his career, including the last couple seasons where he's missed about as many games due to suspension and injury. 

But injury is just theory for his lack of production this season. Even before it was announced he'd be out of the lineup, Ovechkin was already on pace for career lows in goals. He has 29 goals and 48 assists this season, although he has seen a spurt in production of late. 

“I don't know what's wrong with him,” linemate Mike Knuble said. “Like anybody else, he's banged up a little bit. You never know the severity of it. . . . It's nothing season-ending by any means.”

The Caps were already without forwards Eric Fehr (shoulder) and Jason Arnott (undisclosed injury) along with defenseman Mike Green (concussion). Boudreau said Fehr is questionable for Tuesday. Arnott skated on his own before practice began and Boudreau said “he felt good,” but gave no indication when ether Arnott or Green would return. 

Washington just got center Nicklas Backstrom back Friday from a thumb injury that kept him out five games. 
-- A.J. Perez
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kkjyywlpo
Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: March 23, 2011 10:23 am
 

Injury sidelines Caps' Ovechkin 7-10 days

Cooke is a complete dirtbag (and good riddance) and Steelwood is an clueless tool.  And I agree w/Famous about Green.  Yes, the guy can score some but when it comes to playing D, this guy just doesn't do it that well.  It seems like the Caps have been giving up less goals since he has been out.


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Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2011 6:27 pm
 

Injury sidelines Caps' Ovechkin 7-10 days

No, but I can H-E-A-R and SEE how dumb you are Kevin.  Go back to preschool and learn how to spell! 



Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2011 1:36 pm
 

Injury sidelines Caps' Ovechkin 7-10 days

I seriously hope you are joking, I expect you are.

Did someone here a lit gnat from Crapsburgh annoying the civilized people?



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:06 am
 

Injury sidelines Caps' Ovechkin 7-10 days

Wow, Peckerwood.  You need to get out and get a life man.



Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: March 22, 2011 7:19 am
 

Injury sidelines Caps' Ovechkin 7-10 days

I think we all know there really is no comparison between Ovie's toughness and Crosby's.
Yea it's now a fact. Over8ed only play when he wants to and doesn't when he's "dinged up" and Crosby doesn't play when he has a shaken BRAIN.

Hummmm? Your point is NOT well taken.



Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: March 22, 2011 1:51 am
 

Injury sidelines Caps' Ovechkin 7-10 days

what a wuss this is why the russians lost the cold war- i was navy back in the 80's and we use to chase those russian bastards all over the globe-lmao



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2011 1:49 am
 

Injury sidelines Caps' Ovechkin 7-10 days

Crosby misses 50 games because of his FIRST concussion. I think we all know there really is no comparison between Ovie's toughness and Crosby's. Ovie plays so hard he's bound to get dinged up. 



Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2011 11:24 pm
 

Injury sidelines Caps' Ovechkin 7-10 days

For all anyone knows, Ovechkin was pleading with Boudreau to be able to play.  The coach could have been the one to make the decision over objections.  Everyone just needs to take a step back and stop trying to be internet versions of Cooke.  I am looking forward to the playoffs, and would like every team that the Caps beat in the playoffs to be healthy, so that nobody can use that as an excuse.


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