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.
Alex Ovechkin has been taken off in an ambulance. Evaluation still pending, but according to inside info, "it's pretty bad". #Caps— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) May 18, 2014
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Alex Ovechkin is back in the team hotel. Walking on his own, no crutches, but limping. Team doctor says it's "better than expected" #Caps— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) May 18, 2014