Thursday, May 28, 2015

Capitals' Alex Ovechkin injured at World Championships

(Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)
(Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Alex Ovechkin will miss at least one game at the ice hockey world championship after sustaining a right leg injury in a collision during Russia's game against Germany. 

The star forward needed hospital treatment Sunday after taking a hit to his right knee from Marcus Kink midway through the third period and stayed on the ice for several minutes before he needed assistance to leave. 

The International Ice Hockey Federation said Ovechkin will miss Russia's final group game against host Belarus on Tuesday but remains with the team. 

Russia's ice hockey federation said it is not clear if he will be able to keep playing at the tournament but Ovechkin posted on Twitter "all's OK" with a photo of him giving a thumbs up. 

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  • "Sasha (Ovechkin) will definitely stay with the team," Russia general manager Andrei Safronov said Monday. "Even if he couldn't play he'd still be here. He's not just a part of this team, he's a leader." 

    A medical scan of the Russia captain's knee ruled out torn ligaments, providing some good news. 

    "He's OK at the moment," Safronov said. "There's some pain, but he's working with the doctors." 

    Kink was not penalized for the incident in the game but the disciplinary panel of the IIHF on Monday suspended him for Germany's last group game against the United States on Tuesday. The panel said Kink didn't intentionally try to hit Ovechkin's knee but that he lowered his body and hit him with his hip, which is classified as clipping. 

    International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel said Monday it was an "accident ... bad luck." 

    Another Russian star forward, Evgeni Malkin, was training Monday for the first time in Minsk after his Pittsburgh Penguins were eliminated from the NHL playoffs by the New York Rangers. 

    Malkin is expected to be available for Tuesday's final group game against Belarus. 

    Russia won all six of its games and is the only unbeaten team in the tournament.

    The Associated Press
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