- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 10, 2011

Alex Ovechkin blocked two shots off his right arm early in the third period Friday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs and was feeling the pain. He was credited with three blocks in the game.

“I don’t know,” Ovechkin said. “I feel two — my body feel two.”

Ovechkin grimaced and spent some time on the bench fixing up his arm guard but returned with apparently no ill-effects. He practiced Saturday, and not much looked amiss. But he did have a decently-sized pack of ice wrapped around his right forearm as he entered the locker room to talk to reporters after practice.

“Everything OK,” he said.

Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals have a day off Sunday before returning to the ice Monday to prepare for the Philadelphia Flyers’ visit Tuesday. He’s not expected to miss any time.

Hendricks takes ‘step in the right direction’

Matt Hendricks has already missed some time — two games now after leaving the Caps’ loss to the Florida Panthers on Monday night with a right knee injury. Hendricks returned to practice Saturday and reported progress even though he doesn’t have any kind of timeline for getting back into a game.

“I’m feeling good. It’s good to be back on the ice today,” said Hendricks, whose knee was wrapped for practice. “I was on the ice today; that’s a step in the right direction.”

Green doesn’t skate

For the second straight day, Mike Green did not skate — either by himself or with the Caps. The All-Star defenseman strained his right groin Nov. 11 and has missed 17 games since.

Green had skated four days in a row and Thursday reported no change in his status. Coach Dale Hunter denied the idea that Green missing two days of on-ice activity represented a setback, citing a combination of on- and off-ice workouts.