Alex Ovechkin injured at World Championships

Alex Ovechkin injured at World Championships
May 18, 2014, 3:45 pm
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Alex Ovechkin was reportedly hospitalized with a right knee injury on Sunday after taking a hip check in a game between Russia and Germany in the IIHF World Championships in Minsk, Belarus. As of late Sunday afternoon the extent of Ovechkin’s injury was not immediately known. A Capitals spokesperson said the Capitals’ medical staff was getting information from the Russian team medical staff and the club was preparing a statement. Ovechkin was carrying the puck out of the defensive zone when he was upended at the blue line by German forward Marcus Kink, who clipped him in the right knee with a hip check. Ovechkin crumbled to the ice and needed assistance to the bench, where he hopped on his left foot toward the trainer’s room. According to a report by Slava Malamud of sportexpress.ru Ovechkin later was taken away from the arena by ambulance. Kink did not speak to reporters seeking comment after the game. “Ovi has been taken off [to the hospital],” Russian coach Oleg Znarok said after the game, via Malamud. “No further comment. Dirty or not, I don't care. Won't make me feel better.” Pat Cortina, the coach of the German national team, told reporters, “It's an unfortunate incident. It's not what my team is about. Hopefully, he is alright,” according to Malamud. Ovechkin, 28, led the NHL with 51 goals this season and was tied with teammate Nicklas Backstrom with a team-high 79 points. Ovechkin has missed just 16 games due to injury during his eight-year career with the Capitals and has never had a serious knee injury since joining the Caps in 2005. He suffered a broken foot during the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs but was completely healed at the start of training camp in September. UPDATED 5:54 p.m. UPDATED 6:17 p.m. Video: