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Ovechkin to play for Russia at World Championships

Apr 18, 2014, 10:08 AM EST

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Things didn’t exactly go well for Alex Ovechkin during the season for the Washington Capitals or for Team Russia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, so now he’ll try to find another way to end the season on a winning note.

Yahoo Sports’ Dmitry Chesnokov reports Ovechkin will join the Russian team on April 20 for the 2014 World Championships in Belarus.

Russia will be looking to rebound from last year’s shocking 8-3 quarterfinal loss to the United States at Worlds. Ovechkin has been, if nothing else, a steady participant for his home country when it comes to Worlds. Of course, most of that ties into the lack of success the Capitals have had in the postseason as an early exit there frees him up to play in the IIHF tournament.

Ovechkin won’t be headed to Belarus alone as Caps teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov will also join him on the Russian team. Russia last won gold at Worlds in 2012 when they knocked off Slovakia. Russia has won gold at three of the past six tournaments so they’ve at least got that going for them.

  1. lowenni - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Lot of Caps got invites. Orlov will be playing for Russia as well, and Brouwer, Chimera, and Ward were all extended offers from Team Canada, who are apparently talking to Alzner and Holtby as well about playing. I expect Carlson will get a call from the US team too.

  2. barkar942 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Ovie is going back to get some defensive training.

  3. stunzeed5 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Just stay healthy is all I ask Ovie!

    • joey4id - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      Stay in Russia is all you should be hoping for.

  4. tremblay09 - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    What a looser…

    • spoon9z - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      loser

      derp

  5. spoon9z - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    this just in, Ovi already a minus 5 but gets paid to score goals so no biggie right!

  6. icrew29 - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    I hope their not looking for defensive help.

  7. dontbsuchapuss - Apr 18, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Ovie what a waist of talent you would think improving his whole game would be priority number one. He can score but a one dimensional player is not as needed in this league.

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