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Boudreau: Ovechkin can be "pretty reckless"

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Bruce Boudreau just addressed the media and didn’t offer anything more on the severity of the injury or the medical examination Alex Ovechkin underwent this morning.

Boudreau didn’t rule out Ovechkin for Thursday’s game, but said the team would know more after tomorrow’s practice. What he did say about his franchise player’s style of play was a little surprising.

“He’s pretty reckless,” Boudreau said. “It is hard telling a guy who scores 60 goals a year to change the way he plays. At the same time, you don’t want to see him getting hurt. Maybe he needs to pick his spots a little bit better.”

Boudreau said he hasn’t talked to Ovechkin about it … yet. “Not as his coach, but someone who admires him I just don’t want him to put himself in harm’s way,” Boudreau said. “We’ll see. I don’t think anything being said will change the way he plays, but who knows.”

As for the other injured guys, Boudreau was told Alexander Semin doesn’t expect to play Thursday and he said, “That’s news to me — I thought he looked pretty good to me out there.”

Tom Poti went through the full practice and was one of the last guys on the ice. Boudreau said he expects Poti back by at least the weekend, and didn’t rule him out for Thursday. Mike Knuble said he would still like to play Dec. 9 at Buffalo, but isn’t sure yet if that’s going to be possible. He is definitely going on the trip. Boudreau said Shaone Morrisonn is taking a “couple of days off and starting over” to try and come back from his concussion.

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