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Alex Ovechkin (knee) is hoping to return to Team Russia's lineup.

Ovechkin was hospitalized with what was initially feared to be a serious injury, but he's already rejoined the team for practices. "If I did not feel that I am ready to help the team, I wouldn't be trying," Ovechkin said. "I would end my season. As long as I am able to help, I will act." He has three goals and nine points in six games at the 2014 World Championship.

Alex Ovechkin W WAS 2 Months

Alex Ovechkin will not play against Belarus on Tuesday due to a leg injury.

That's the bad news. The good news so far is that the Russians have not ruled Alex the Great out for the rest of the World Championships. Ovechkin was injured on Sunday when Marcus Kink of Germany clipped him on the right knee while making an open ice hit. Ovechkin was helped off the ice after staying on the ice for a couple of minutes. Stay tuned.

Alex Ovechkin W WAS 2 Months

Former Winnipeg Jets forward Alex Burmistrov said the leg injury Alex Ovechkin suffered in Minsk Sunday is scary.

"Of course it's scary. We hope he's healthy and can play," said Burmistrov, a teammate of Ovechkin with Team Russia at the 2014 World Hockey Championship. Ovechkin received an open-ice hit from Marcus Kink of Team Germany. The hit appeared to make contact with the superstar's right knee. Ovechkin flipped over after the hit and remained on the ice for two minutes before needing to be helped off by teammates. He was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. Ovechkin was injured in the third period of Russia's 3-0 victory and did not return. "I hope nothing is wrong with him. I hope he is fine. You never want to see that," said German goaltender Philipp Grubauer, who is also a teammate of Ovechkin with the Washington Capitals in the NHL. "We need him. He had 51 goals this year, he is one of the best players in the world so we need him up in Washington."

Alex Ovechkin W WAS 2 Months

Alex Ovechkin tweeted a thumbs-up photo from his hospital bed in Minsk Sunday to indicate that he is all right.

Check out his Instagram here: The Washington Capitals' superstar injured his knee and was taken to hospital Sunday. He suffered the injury at the 2014 IIHF World Hockey Championship, where he is playing for Team Russia. The Capitals released a statement saying that their medical staff is working with the Russian national team to stay up to date on Ovechkin's status.

Alex Ovechkin W WAS 2 Months

The bad news: Alex Ovechkin was taken to a hospital after suffering a knee/leg injury at the 2014 IIHF World Hockey Championship. The good news is that he was reportedly at the team hospital soon after.

He's reportedly walking on his own without the need of crutches. It sounds like Ovechkin dodged a major injury bullet, although we'll have to wait and see. It might be best to consider him day-to-day for the tournament.

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It's too early to tell if it might be a significant issue, but it appears that Alex Ovechkin injured his right leg (possibly knee) representing Russia at the IIHF World Hockey Championship on Sunday.

Again, the potential injury just happened moments ago so there isn't any official word on the potential ailment he suffered against Germany. The bright side is that he'd have plenty of offseason time to heal, although that would take away from training.

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Led by a goal and an assist from Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin, Team Russia showed off its scoring power at the World Hockey Championship Friday with a 5-0 shutout of Team Switzerland.

Russia also got goals from Sergei Plotnikov, Vadim Shipachyov, Anton Belov and Danis Zaripov. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovski of the Columbus Blue Jackets recorded the shutout. Russia needed just 13 seconds to open the scoring.

Alex Ovechkin W WAS 3 Months

Alex Ovechkin will join Team Russia for the world hockey championship, according to Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo Sports.

The tournament begins May 9 in Belarus. Ovechkin, who will join the squad on April 20, led the NHL with 51 goals and he also had 28 points, though he finished with a minus-35 rating. The star winger tallied just two points in five games during the Olympics, too. Capitals teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov will also play for Team Russia in the world championship.

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Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin has seven years left on a contract that will pay him $10 million annually beginning next season, but he finished this regular season out of the playoffs and with a dreadful minus-35 rating, third worst in the NHL.

That stat marked the latest flash point to debate whether the controversial winger should focus on becoming better on defense and whether the Capitals should make a split from the player who reinvigorated the area as a hockey market. For his part, Ovechkin said he won't request a trade - beginning July 1 a limited no-trade clause in his contract goes into effect allowing him to list up to 10 teams each year to whom he would accept one - and there's been no indication Capitals owner Ted Leonsis would entertain the idea of parting with the face of the franchise. When asked after the Caps concluded their season having missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07 whether he should eschew his offensive focus, Ovechkin rebuffed the notion, saying: "I get paid to score goals. I scored 50. You can't point [at] one guy in position, say he didn't do his job - look at everybody's numbers. Watch the video, and everybody have a bad year."

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Alex Ovechkin wants to see Adam Oates behind the bench as coach of the Washington Capitals next season.

Ovechkin said 'yeah' when asked if he wanted Oates back as coach. "I trusted him and I still talk to him," Ovechkin said. "I don't know if somebody in this locker room feel bad about him, that's their mind. My mind is we're still good friends and if something happens I'm always going to ask his advice." Oates still has one season left on his contract so it will be an important decision for George McPhee and the Washington Capitals.