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Ovechkin skates (slowly) for 15 minutes

Feb 23, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

Alexander Ovechkin AP

The morning after missing a game in Ottawa with a lower-body injury, Alex Ovechkin hit the ice at the Capitals’ practice facility in Virginia. Two minutes later, he left the ice. But no need to worry, he came back for about 15 minutes of light skating.

OK, some need to worry – Ovechkin was wearing a powder-blue jersey, which according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post usually means no contact. Not that there was anyone out there to hit him, as he was skating by himself.

The Caps – with just three wins in their last 12 – host the Habs tomorrow, then play in Toronto Saturday against a Leafs team that’s also fighting (poorly) to make the playoffs.

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  1. mrpickled - Feb 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Greg, honey, is it supposed to be this soft?

  2. mrpickled - Feb 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me.

    • selldannysell - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      More like up…. someone’s you-know-what!

  3. ravenscaps48 - Feb 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Ah the hell with it! Put he and Backstrom on LTIR and use their cap space and at least try to make the playoffs! It’s not like he has been productive on offense, and he just stands still on defense

    • natswizskincap - Feb 23, 2012 at 6:42 PM

      Yes his D is terrible but he is theist productive player currently excluding the injured Backstrom. Too many
      Roll players not on a roll!!!

  4. jamesmakesurmomneal - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Thank God the pens lost that lottery and got Geno Pringles and not this wanna be rap star. Can you imagine where the franchise would be if we picked Ovi instead?

    • stakex - Feb 23, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Aside from this season, Ovechkin has been the far better player of the two. Malkin did in fact win the scoring title over Ovechkin in the 08-09 season by three points, but he also played three games more then Ovechkin did that season.

      It should also be noted that the Pens have a far better organization, and a better team in general when compared to the Caps. If Malkin and Ovechkin were switched, who the hell knows how different their careers would have turned out. I will say this though, Ovechkin playing for the Pens with Crosby as his center, would have likely put up amazing numbers.

  5. unknowneric - Feb 23, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    He thought he was in the middle of a slow-motion rock video.

  6. federovs4skn - Feb 23, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    “the franchise” is the best sports team that ever existed. between lemieux, crosby, francis, ulfy, stevens, jagr, malkin, barrasso, fluery, letang, kovy, errey, coffey, endicott, hrdina, rechinball, wregget, staal, orpik, tochett, mullen, murphy, welsh, barnaby, lerioux, godard, larauque, craig t adams, park, whitney, straka, kaspiritus, engelland, CAUFIELD, nut bustin dustin jeffreys, cooke, neal, kunitz, scuderi, eaton, malone, roberts, borque, trottier, peck, shell, jennings, taglianetti, lang, theres no comparission that the greatness that spews out of this franchise is irresistable. come to the light side my friends.

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