James O'Brien

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Concussive blows

Monday, February 25, 2013


HEATING UP

There were some promising signs of disappointing players possibly turning things around this weekend, too.

How can you not start this section with Alex Ovechkin, even if his results might be a little misleading? Ovi notched his first hat trick since 2011 on Saturday, plus he had an assist. The misleading side: he didn’t score a single point in the three games before Saturday’s breakout. The promising part? He’s starting to build back to that shot-taking monster from before; he had seven SOG on Saturday and has 23 in the last four contests. The Washington Capitals seem like they're going in a more positive direction, so this is good stuff.

I brought some attention to Jarome Iginla’s nine-shot game on Feb. 20, and it seems like the aging power forward might be getting it together. He has four points in his last three games, including two goals last night.

Maybe Anaheim’s old fogies and Viktor Fasth might slow down, but the good news is that Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf are on a roll. Finally. You’d think the two guys would roar into the season as contract year guys, but both have had tendencies to be a little streaky every now and then.


INJURY NOTES (full list) and QUICK HITS

Taylor Hall got a slap on the wrist in a two-game suspension. It’ll be done by tonight’s game … Anders Lindback hasn’t been putting up great numbers anyway, but he had a rough weekend … Jack Johnson was placed on the IR with an upper-body injury … Martin Brodeur was a late subtraction from the New Jersey Devils lineup on Sunday, but he indicated it was back soreness, nothing big … Dave Bolland missed Sunday’s contest but it sounds like his injury isn’t too bad, either … Roberto Luongo enjoyed wild highs (a Friday shutout) and drastic lows (allowing a ridiculous eight goals on Sunday) this weekend … Don’t be surprised if Stephen Weiss gets traded. He only received two brief third period shifts in Sunday’s 4-1 Florida loss … Speaking of that game, Milan Lucic probably managed to swing a few leagues with his 14 PIM; his goal probably didn’t hurt, either.



James O'Brien is the Hockey Daily Dose's author and has been a contributor to NBC's Pro Hockey Talk for more than four years. Follow him on Twitter.
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