Author: Joe Yerdon

Alex Ovechkin

Video — Ovechkin: Refs ‘celebrate New Year’s too early’ to miss Neil headshot


Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin probably wasn’t happy seeing his team lose to the Ottawa Senators on Monday night. One thing he really wasn’t pleased about was the shot in the head he took from Sens forward Chris Neil.

Check out the video from to see the play in question.

Neil wasn’t penalized for the hit and was injured on the play and did not return.

Following the game, Ovechkin made sure to mention the play and didn’t hold back his feelings as Katie Carrera of The Washington Post shares.

“Four guys out there didn’t do their job, maybe they decide to celebrate New Year’s too early right before the game and they didn’t see headshots [from] Neil against me,” Ovechkin said. “He fell on the ice, it was kind of embarrassing to see.”

Tell us how you really feel, Alex.

Doan (illness) returns to practice with Coyotes

Shane Doan

The Coyotes are closer to getting their captain back on the ice.

Forward Shane Doan rejoined the team at practice on Monday and after battling Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever for most of December. Doan says he’s happy to just be in shape enough to skate again as Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.

“Being off three weeks, it’s tough on the body,” Doan said. “Being off and lying down and not really doing much and fighting whatever it is, it makes it hard.”

Doan is off antibiotics for the rare bacterial illness and the Coyotes’ offense could use him back.

The timing of his illness couldn’t have come at a worse time as he’s been solid this season with 23 points in 27 games. He’s also tied with Antoine Vermette for the team lead in goals with 12.

He last played December 4 against Calgary. The Coyotes have gone 3-2-5 while he’s been out with the illness.

Red Wings’ Helm (shoulder) may not be ready for Winter Classic

Darren Helm

Red Wings forward Darren Helm really wants to take part in the Winter Classic, he’s just not sure he’ll be able to.

The speedy forward has been dealing with a shoulder injury and, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, it’s not improving very quickly.

“It’s not where I want it to be at this stage,” Helm said Saturday. “I thought I was going to be questionable for the last game before the break, and I thought for sure I’d be ready for tonight, but that’s not the case.”

The Red Wings face the Florida Panthers tonight in Sunrise and the Nashville Predators on Monday in Tennessee before heading to Ann Arbor for the Winter Classic.

Helm has already missed time this season with a back injury, but when he’s played he’s been effective scoring seven goals and 10 points in 15 games.

If he misses this year’s Winter Classic, it’ll make the second one he’s missed as he was in the AHL for the 2009 Winter Classic in Chicago. He did play in 16 games that season for the Wings.