Fourth-line winger Matt Hendricks skated Saturday, marking the first time he has been on the ice since injuring his right knee against the Florida Panthers on Dec. 5.
Hendricks was out on the ice early, skating lightly but he remained and participated fully in a brief practice with the rest of the Capitals. As the workout went on, Hendricks began to make sharper turns and cuts around the ice, appearing to test his knee and see how much he could push himself on the ice.
“I’m feeling good it’s good to be back on the ice today, lot of fun and it was a good practice,” said Hendricks, whose right knee was wrapped. The gritty winger said he was “a little sore” and that there is no timetable for his return.
“I was on the ice today that’s a step in the right direction,” Hendricks said. “It’s hard. It’s one of those things you don’t ever want to do sit in the press box and watch, but the team’s doing a great job, everyone’s playing well right now and winning games is what’s most important.”
A few other notes from Saturday’s practice:
--Alex Ovechkin was sporting an ice bag on his right arm after he blocked two shots with it early in the third period against the Leafs. Washington’s captain said “everything okay.”
--Mike Green did not skate for the second consecutive day and Coach Dale Hunter said the defenseman is working through both on-ice and off-ice workouts. Green has missed 14 games with a strained right groin muscle and had skated four days in a row before spending the last two days off the ice.
--Jay Beagle skated after the Capitals’ practice for about 20-25 minutes. The winger took part in his first workout with the rest of the team during Friday’s morning skate and continues to be progression in his recovery from a concussion.
--Brooks Laich and Jeff Halpern were the only players who took part in Friday’s game that did not participate in the practice. Both were given maintenance days, according to a team spokesman.