After what turned out to be a wild and wacky night in the NHL, Caps fans are still waiting for definitive details on the severity of Alex Ovechkin's injury after his knee-on-knee hit. Tarik El-Bashir is reporting that Ovie did lace the skates up this morning and was on the ice for about four minutes, so that's a positive sign. We are still waiting to hear official details from the team. Also up in the air is the question of whether or not the Great8 will face a suspension considering he's had two majors in the last week. The Canadien's Georges Laraque just got a five-game seat in the press box handed down after he rocked Detroit's Nick Kronwall knee-on-knee. Unfortunately one of the things we love about Ovie, the way he plays with reckless abandon at Mach 5 hair on fire, may end up getting him in hot water this time. He plays close to the edge and sometimes, though not with malicious intent, he crosses that fine line. As we all know there sometimes seems to be no rhyme or reason to the way Colin Campbell and the NHL dole out punishment (which wouldn't last a day in HM's house - I'd be cracking the whip with heads rolling). But Hockey Mom thinks that this time, Ovie may get more than just a slap on the hand and a talking-to from Gabby. We'll have to see how the drama unfolds.
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes also suffered a huge loss when Joe Corvo went down after being cut by Karl Alzner's skate blade. The talented d-man is expected to miss 8-12 weeks, bad news for a team that is already feeling the effects of a short bench.
On a positive note, it looks like the Caps may be getting healthier as Alex Semin and Tom Poti both skated with the team this morning as did Mike Knuble (albeit in a no-contact jersey). Knuble was skating on Sunday before one of our tournament games and the kid-friendly former Flyer signed items for many of boys in addition to showing off his surgically restructured pinky finger! Yep, HM has decided she needs both a Matt Bradley (who is going to be a new dad any day now) and Mike Knuble jersey this season.