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Ovechkin to play tonight against Habs

Feb 24, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

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Alex Ovechkin is “ready to go” and will be in the lineup tonight when Washington hosts Montreal – good news for the Capitals, who’ve scored just three times in their last three games, all of them losses.

Ovechkin, the team leader in goals (24), sat Wednesday in Ottawa with a lower-body injury and watched the Caps fall to the Sens, 5-2.

“It felt much better,” he said this morning after skating for about 15 minutes. “We tried a couple days ago and I didn’t feel well. Today I feel normal.”

Washington sits three points behind eighth-place Florida in the Eastern Conference and four points back of Southeast Division-leading Winnipeg.

The Caps are in Toronto tomorrow to play the ninth-place Leafs in a battle between two teams that are headed in the same direction, and it isn’t up.

  1. govtminion - Feb 24, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Team leader with 24 goals… remember back in ’09 when he had 24 by Christmas?

    What does that say about him? Hell, team leader with 24, what does it say about the team around him? The one that used to win games 6-4 on the way to a Presidents Trophy?

    Sad, really. What a waste of talent.

    • abrienza428 - Feb 24, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      Seriously. Being a Penguins fan, that 09 series was the most nervewracking I’ve ever seen. I was terrified everytime he touched the puck. I miss that about the Caps.

      • govtminion - Feb 24, 2012 at 1:48 PM

        EXACTLY! That’s what I’m looking for here. We had what was gearing up to be the best rivalry in hockey today at that point. After Game 6, I honestly would have called it 50/50 on who was moving on- and figured that it didn’t matter, because they’d face each other and do this dance for years to come. Like Avs/Wings in the glory days, but without the violent aspect to it- just two teams bringing out the absolute best hockey in each other.

        Whether it’s Crosby’s sad tale the past couple of years, Ovechkin not caring anymore, the amount of turnover between the two rosters… not sure what it is, but it feels like that’s passed now. Pens/Caps used to be impossible to get tickets for here in D.C., and now it’s just another game- one the Caps are likely to drop, because why put in effort?

        We got cheated of what we’d hoped would be the best rivalry in the sport. And that’s really sad- nothing else out there comes close to what this could have been. Not even CLOSE.

  2. xxshookonexx - Feb 24, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    His leadership is obviously the missing ingredient in the Caps formula for winning. Defense and goaltending be damned

  3. billobrienschindimple - Feb 24, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    AO must have run out of yayo.

  4. dougr42 - Feb 24, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    The Caps used to be so much fun to watch. I’m a Flyers fan that lives in DC…I miss the excitement that used to surround the team. They’re headed into Redskins territory very quickly.

    At some point ownership has to recognize that GMGM’s philosophy of building a young team with picks and AHL development is not working because as their star players age, they decline dramatically.

    He’s been a good GM but he’s no Dave Poile. Time for a change? I think so.

  5. jamesmakesurmomneal - Feb 24, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    This poor guy is suffering. He will not be able to come out of this slump until gay men are accepted in the NHL. Its got to be dificult to hide your sexualility from your teammates. How is expected to lead when he cant even admit to his teammates that he occasionally drops the soap on purpose. Hopefully Hunter will cut him some slack, and let him and his massage theripist live happilly ever after

    • Jason Brough - Feb 24, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      See ya.

      • sportsfreak13 - Feb 24, 2012 at 2:48 PM

        same guy has about 10 more screen names. Good job on banning this one. He had an entire conversation with himself using multiple screen names on the hartnell article though.

      • miketoasty - Feb 24, 2012 at 2:50 PM

        Just surprised it took this long.

      • sportsfreak12 - Feb 24, 2012 at 3:18 PM

        whoa whoa, little bit of an over reaction, dont ya think Jason? Myself, being part of the Sportsfreak Fun Boyz Cult, find this action a little unnecessary. I know my partner Sportsfreak13 agrees with me. He’s so silly sometimes and boy does he have a temper. We both love these hilarious Pittsburgh commentators and the fun they bring to this already awesome site where handsome men can talk about such a physical sweaty game. Please don’t ban this funny sweetie pie.

      • govtminion - Feb 24, 2012 at 3:19 PM

        One down, about 20 names for the same schmuck to go. Kill ‘em all!

  6. procrosbytalk - Feb 24, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    any chance on getting more stories on soup can sid?

    • soupcansid - Feb 24, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      yeah we have an interview setup tomorrow.

  7. stakex - Feb 24, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Haters will hate, and can say what they want about Ovi… but if he truely didn’t care about playing, and had no heart left in it he could have milked this for far more then one game. The fact that hes back so soon after not even being able to skate a lap at full speed actually speaks volumes about his character.

    His poor play is another issue, but hes certainly not packing it in on the Caps this year.

  8. bmorethansteel - Feb 25, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Defense & netminding have been atrocious! Green has been out for awhile. Backstrom? Who knows if he’ll play again this year. Hamrlik & Knuble are old. Have to rely on two youngsters Perrault & Johansson to make plays. Oh, and Semin blows with all his fancy moves that get him no where. Ovie is the least of their problems and its funny how people only talk about him. This TEAM has alot of issues that need to be addressed.

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