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With the 12-team Olympic field now set, the Capitals will have three players participating in the 2014 Sochi Games.
To no one’s surprise, Alex Ovechkin was named to Russia’s 25-man Olympic roster on Tuesday, joining teammates Nicklas Backstrom [Team Sweden] and John Carlson [Team USA].
Caps defensemen Mike Green and Karl Alzner and goaltender Braden Holtby, all of whom were in invited to Team Canada’s orientation camp in August, were left off Team Canada.
Capitals forward prospect Evgeni Kuznetsov, who suffered a lower body injury while playing in the KHL two weeks ago, was left off Team Russia, as was former Caps winger Alex Semin.
Ovechkin, 28, will be making his third Olympic appearance. He earned all-tournament honors at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, and tallied four points [two goals, two assists] in four games at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C.
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Ovechkin’s mother, Tatyana, won two Olympic gold medals in women’s basketball for Russia, which was then known as USSR Ovechkin has represented Russia in three World Junior Championships [2003, 2004, 2005], nine World Championships [2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013] and the World Cup of Hockey . In his two previous Winter Olympics appearances, Ovechkin has registered nine points [seven goals, two assists] in 12 games.
Ovechkin become the sixth fastest player in NHL history to score 400 goals on Dec. 20. Ovechkin has collected 43 points (31 goals, 12 assists) and 32 penalty minutes in 40 games this season. He ranks first in the NHL in goals (31), power-play goals (12) and shots (225), second in power-play points (23), tied for ninth in game-winning goals (4) and 12th in points (43). Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Ovechkin leads all players in goals, points, power-play goals, power-play points and game-winning goals.