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Alex Ovechkin is “dying to get back” from suspension

Feb 3, 2012, 9:10 PM EDT

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Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin isn’t exactly used to getting nearly two weeks off in January. That’s what happened when a three-game suspension and a vetoed All-Star appearance combined for 12 days off aside from practices, though.

To little surprise, Ovechkin told’s Chuck Gormley that he misses hockey; head coach Dale Hunter went as far as to say that he’s “dying to get back.”

Considering Ovechkin’s relative struggles this season, it really might be a blessing in disguise. The 82-game season must be a serious grind – and it’s not as if Ovechkin had many full off-seasons with playoff runs and summer tournaments cutting his breaks down to small installments.

Sure, he’s only 26 years old, but getting that break – plus experiencing the discomfort of watching his team from the sidelines – might just give Ovechkin the boost to play closer to the levels that put him among the NHL’s true elites before slumping a bit starting last season.

Just don’t expect Ovechkin to stop throwing his body around when he gets back.

  1. yettyskills - Feb 3, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Talk about a guy who needs a strong second half and playoff to save his reputation as one of the best. Not even top 5 player currently when he used to be debated as 1 or 1a.

  2. polegojim - Feb 3, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Oh… he’ll have a strong second half, pad the stats, then be gone in the playoffs.

    He’s a Hockey Magician – best disappearing act on ice.

  3. busieks - Feb 3, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Maybe he wouldn’t miss playing so much if he played in the all-star game. Just saying.

  4. bmorethansteel - Feb 4, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Maybe if the league suspended him AFTER the All Star break then he would’ve played in it. Just saying.

  5. dcfan4life - Feb 4, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    I am sure the Capitals falling out of first and a playoff spot as Ovechkin had to hopelessly watch them lose 2 out of 3 without him with both being key games against divisional opponants factors in his agony. But as much flak as he gets, this guy loves the game and his team. And missing games due to a suspect suspension ate him up. Now if he will play at a high level is another matter entirely.

  6. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    this guys a joke. not even relevant on the ice anymore. hes no soup can sid

    • letangshair - Feb 4, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      haha dope name. welcome to the club bro.

    • fleurysteeth - Feb 4, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      SoupCanArmy 2012

      • ravenscaps48 - Feb 4, 2012 at 7:04 PM

        He’s no Soup Can Sid…. How is Crosby really doing?

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