GREAT 8 PART II
Ladies and gentlemen, let’s welcome Alex Ovechkin back into the select stratosphere of first round-quality players. We missed you, buddy. His split stats tell the story in the simplest way possible:
January (seven games): two goals, one assist for three points, -3, six PIM
February (12 games): six goals, six assists for 12 points, -4 rating, 12 PIM
March (16 games): 10 goals, nine assists for 19 points, +2 rating, eight PIM
April (four games): seven goals and two assists for nine points, +5 rating, two PIM
Ovechkin had two goals on Sunday and a four-point output (hat trick plus assist) on Saturday. He's only failed to score a point once in the last 12 games, with six multi-point games and five single point outings. He's also doing Ovechkin things like shooting a lot, hitting people and, you know, smiling.
Hopefully you survived that slow start, because he's the kind of player who can swing a round again.
INJURIES (full list)
Ailments were worrisome enough this weekend that they’re more important than leftover thoughts ... Alexander Semin’s day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Hey, just be happy he’s been pretty healthy this season overall (and his production has been especially robust) ... It seemed like Henrik Lundqvist hurt his hamstring, but he had a lights out Saturday after that Friday worry. He’s probably OK, but at least beware ... Ryan Getzlaf’s day-to-day with a leg injury. With Anaheim’s comfortable place in the West, the Ducks might be concerned about rushing him back. That’s smart, yet it could be bad news for your team. Don’t panic until there’s more official info, though ... Martin Erat took a nasty spill, but his new team in Washington insists it’s not a concussion. Tough start, obviously. He’s marginal enough that it’s likely best to part ways ... Alexei Emelin had a rough weekend, as he was pummeled by Evander Kane in a fight on Friday and then injured by a Milan Lucic hit on Saturday. Woof.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins clinched playoff berths on Sunday. Yup, it’s that time already ... Raffi Torres had two assists in his Sharks debut (with boos) yesterday ... The Dallas Stars have been a little feisty in their stripped down form. At least so far ... The New Jersey Devils lost their seventh game in a row. Few teams lean as much on one player as the Devils do with Ilya Kovalchuk ... Ryan Suter’s been fantastic for the Wild, no doubt. Speaking of Minnesota, Jason Pominville had a beauty of an assist on Sunday ... It seems like the Boston Bruins are struggling a bit to find the right line combinations with plenty of struggling players and Jaromir Jagr to integrate into the system ... Vincent Lecavalier has three points in three games back from injury issues that kept him out almost a month ... The Buffalo Sabres are showing some fight, believe it or not.