The Washington Times - April 21, 2011, 02:18PM

As many momentum shifts as there have been in this Capitals-Rangers series, there have seemingly been even more in the saga of Dennis Wideman and his right leg hematoma and compartment syndrome.

Thursday morning brought another, as Wideman spoke for the first time since getting hurt March 29 in a collision with Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu.

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“It’s coming. It’s getting better every day,” Wideman said. “It’s a bit of a slow process. But I’m getting close. …

“Hopefully before the end of next week I’ll be out practicing with the guys.”

Back on April 15, Bruce Boudreau was very optimistic that Wideman could beat the initial time line projection of three weeks and even possibly face the Rangers if the series went long enough. Now that at least appears unlikely. Boudreau said Thursday there was no new update on Wideman.

The good news for Wideman and the Caps is that the defenseman isn’t experiencing any pain while skating.

“It’s just getting the stride back and working at it,” he said. “The only time there’s pain is when I’m in the training room.”

Wideman, who is dealing with an injury like this for the first time, is just thankful to be out of the hospital.

“[That was] boring. My day? Yeah, it was long days,” he said. “There wasn’t much I could do in there so I was just kind of sitting around playing video games and watching TV.”

Now he’s stuck watching the Caps in the playoffs, which isn’t any easier. But it’s easier, he said, because his teammates are winning.

“It’s not fun watching games, let alone playoff games,” Wideman said. “It’s nerve-wracking. I’m sitting at home watching on TV and it’s not fun. I’d much rather be on the ice helping.”