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Video: Alex Ovechkin injured at Worlds

May 18, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

The Washington Capitals rough offseason may have just gotten a lot worse.

During the third period of Team Russia’s 3-0 win against Team Germany, Alex Ovechkin was upended on a hip check and put down on the ice. Ovechkin needed help from trainers getting off the ice and went straight to the locker room putting no weight on his right leg.

Slava Malamud of Sport-Express says things don’t look good at all at the moment as he was taken from the arena in an ambulance.

The peril of having star players participate in the World Championships means they can still get injured playing hockey, just ask Eric Staal last year when he was injured in a knee-on-knee hit by Alex Edler.

If Ovechkin is injured seriously, it’s a major blow to the Capitals as they’re in need of a new GM and coach as it is. Having to possibly deal without Ovechkin makes for a brutal turn of events.

Update (4:58 p.m. ET): According to Malamud, Ovechkin was taken to the hospital for a MRI to examine his lower-body. To cool down the possible hysteria, he clarified the person who said it was “pretty bad” was a team official and not a doctor.

The Capitals have also released a statement on the injury:

We are aware that Alex Ovechkin sustained an injury during today’s game versus Germany. Our medical staff is working with Ovechkin and Team Russia to gather additional information at this time.”

Update (5:58 p.m. ET): We might be able to take this down to DEFCON 4 in Washington — Ovechkin is back at his hotel and walking around.

To add to that, here’s more good news:

Finally, to put this to bed, here’s Ovechkin giving thumbs-up on Instagram.

  1. pensman29 - May 18, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Well that sucks, but on the upside… Connor mcdavid?

    • capsnbohs23 - May 18, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      To think that the caps will be worse than the oilers, panthers, or sabres next year is beyond dumb

      • tomas3345 - May 18, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        Of course the guy is dumb, he is a Pens fan

      • c9castine - May 18, 2014 at 5:45 PM

        uhhh….

        really? because all ive heard all year from caps fans is ho ovechkin is the only player worth a dam on that team and everybody else was dragging his stats way down.

        if thats the case, id say your screwed if hes out.

      • capsnbohs23 - May 18, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        Uhhhh, all ive heard this year is how much better we would be without Ovi cherry picking? strange how that 2 way street works

      • c9castine - May 18, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        right well if hes not in the lineup it doesnt matter what hes doing.

        ovechkin not “cherry picking” > ovie “cherry picking” > no ovie.

        no ovie = connor mcdavid.

        not sure how much simpler i can make that.

  2. lowenni - May 18, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Great. As a Caps fan watching Ovechkin all these years, no matter what people say about him, one thing I know is that when he gets hit or gets hurt he gets back up. He plays hurt and he doesn’t back down from pain. This is really worrying to see and I hope it’s not as bad as reported. As Yerdon talks about in this article, I think Eric Staal’s awful season this year was due to him still having lingering affects from his injury last summer and not having full time to train and physically prepare for the NHL season. Ovi has never had lingering injuries and I hope they don’t start today…hope the GR8’s okay. The Russian machine never breaks

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 18, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      If you put him and #87 in a ice hockey cage match,,, one on one Alex wins that every time !

      • babykaby - May 20, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        Come on, anybody doing a thumbs down on this is just insane. All Ovi would have to do is look sideways at Sid and he would go down. Sid just isn’t all that tough. He’s a great player but not very strong.

    • capsnbohs23 - May 18, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      Most underrated part of Ovi’s game is just how tough he is

      • pfhockey - May 18, 2014 at 6:23 PM

        Yeah it’s pretty surprising to see this happen. This guy’s an ironman.

  3. esracerx46 - May 18, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Calm down. Remember how bad Staal’s injury looked? Hold off on jumping to conclusions….for now. That said, ouch!!!!!!

    • lowenni - May 18, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      Yup…Staal’s injury looked bad…and it was bad…he had one of the worst seasons of his career following it and looked slow, hurt, and old most of the time. Now he’s the subject of trade rumors. It’s not like his knee will no longer work but I really think it was a major factor in the type of product Staal put on the ice.

      I agree that we shouldn’t jump to conclusions about this injury, but to compare it to Staal’s injury will just increase fears and make people form more conclusions and worries…

  4. dontbsuchapuss - May 18, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Who cares he should just go to the khl so the caps could have a chance for a cup. One dimensional player more risk than reward

    • capsnbohs23 - May 18, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      One Dimensional? first time ive ever heard someone say that, how original

  5. dipthatchip - May 18, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    god mother%^$&ing damnit.

    If this is ACL, he might not even play at all in 2014. trying times in DC, ugh.

  6. pensman29 - May 18, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    It’s called a lottery. And without their leader, they might just have a good shot at him. But also given ovechkins plus minus rating, this could help them;)

    • capsnbohs23 - May 18, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      True or false, the only time you have ever cared about +/- in your life was this year when Ovi was -35

    • babykaby - May 20, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      Don’t worry about the Caps. You have enough to worry about with the way Crosby refuses to show up. Time to make Malkin captain.

  7. someonestolesociofan - May 18, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Not a doctor, just a guy who’s had his share of injuries, but watching the play in slow motion, looks like it might just be a hyperextension. Bad enough.

  8. ducksk - May 18, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Although I hope he is ok, it’s a chance you take. Career could be over at any second, if I were the owner, GM or fan I’d ask why play? Pride of country? Olympic redemption I figure. Too bad if it is serious.

  9. terrier92 - May 18, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Not a big fan yet hate to see anyone hurt. Looked like he had no weight on leg when hit which would help. Might just be contact bruise . Good luck to him hope it’s not anything serious

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