Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 4 Months

Alex Ovechkin's knee still isn't 100 percent healthy, but he's got one game left to play in at the World Hockey Championship.

"I had a new knee brace and felt much better," Ovechkin said after Saturday's semifinal win over Sweden. "I can't say I'm 100 percent fit but the situation is that one must be ready for anything. We have one game left and we must do everything to make sure we win." He earned an assist in Russia's 3-1 victory in his second game back after a one-game absence. Russia will play Finland in the gold medal game on Sunday.

Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 4 Months

Alex Ovechkin skated with a brace on his knee during the quarterfinals of the World Hockey Championship.

"Of course it was a bit awkward to skate in the brace," said Ovechkin. "But I think I'll play without it the next game and everything will be okay. I wasn't risking anything, I knew the brace would protect me in case of a collision. That's what happened in the first period and I immediately knew that the leg is reacting well. I was about 90 percent ready. And I didn't take any pain killers at all." He didn't record a point in Russia's 3-0 win against France and was rested during the third period.

Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 4 Months

Alex Ovechkin (knee) is in the lineup for Russia's quarterfinal contest against France.

He sat out one game at the World Hockey Championship with a knee injury, which evidently looked much worse than it was. Ovechkin is wearing the "C" as the team's captain in the contest. He has three goals and six assists in six games at the tournament.

Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 4 Months

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 RW WAS 4 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 RW WAS 4 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 RW WAS 4 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: http://www.csnwashington.com/hockey-washington-capitals/talk/ovechkin-injury-minsk-caps-worst-fear-video. 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 RW WAS 4 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.

Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 4 Months

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.

Alex Ovechkin RW WAS 4 Months

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.