First, the news on Jamie Heward. He was out for about 90 seconds, but eventually had movement in his arms and legs. He has been diagnosed with a concussion and will spend the night at Sibley Memorial Hospital for observation.
Alex Ovechkin was visibly shaken up, both on the ice and after the game in the dressing room.
“I didn’t want to hit him hard – he was turned,” Ovechkin said. “It was accident and I really sorry. I never hurt somebody and especially my old teammate. It is hard … he turns and I have speed – I don’t know. He just turned at the last second.”
It clearly wasn’t an intentionally dirty play, and Ovechkin did appear to try and let up at the last second. Still, it does seem like Ovechkin tends to lead with his forearm/let it get a little high on some of his hits.
Here are some other notes from a sloppy 7-4 victory:
* Secondary scoring was the story for the Caps. They got some help from goalie Mike Smith, who had an off night, and the Tampa Bay defense (which probably isn’t good enough to have on nights). Seven different Caps scored goals, including Ovechkin.
* Sean Collins potted his first NHL goal. A year ago he was in Hershey, but sitting on his couch not playing because of a concussion. Now, not only is he in the NHL, he’s got a goal to his credit.
“It was kind of surreal,” Collins said. “It’s happened in my dreams before. It didn’t really sink in or hit me until later in the game that I had actually scored. It is pretty exciting.”
* David Steckel had the next goal, (yes, that was back-to-back scores from Ohio State alums). He now has 10 goals in 115 career games — FIVE of them are against Tampa Bay.
* Chris Clark scored his first goal since November 28, 2007. Granted, he’s missed a ton of time with injuries but it was still a span of 24 games without a goal.
“I’ve been through it where you think, ‘I’ve lost it; I can no longer play,’ and it preys on your mind,” Boudreau said. “Then you score a goal and you go, ‘Oh man, I can still play.’ ”
* With three points, Ovechkin moved past Sidney Crosby and is alone in second place behind Evgeni Malkin in the scoring race.
* Mike Green played in his 200th game, and now has 25 points in 26 games. His nine goals are tops among Eastern Conference defensemen and his .96 points per contest is tops among all rearguards.
* There was some sloppy work by the Caps in their half of the ice (not just their own end — there was some missteps in the neutral zone). Collins said he thought there was going to be an icing call on the second Vinny Lecavalier goal. He heard someone yell, ‘Ice!’ but it could have been a Tampa Bay player. Boudreau also thought it should have been an icing infraction.