Ovechkin to play for Russia in World Championships

Ovechkin to play for Russia in World Championships
May 14, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Adam Oates says Alex Ovechkin "played good hockey"

The Washington Capitals season ended Monday night with a lackluster 5-0 drubbing by the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Despite that loss, Alex Ovechkin is not done playing hockey this month.

The Caps announced that Ovechkin will head to Europe to play in the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships for his native Russia. The global hockey tournament began on May 3 and will conclude on May 19 and is being played in Finland and Sweden.

After a slow start to the NHL season, Ovechkin came on strong, leading the league in goals with 32 and earning a nomination for both the Ted Lindsay Award and the Hart Trophy, awarded to the best and most valuable players in the league. 

Ovechkin's statistics in the seven game series against the Rangers were not as impressive, as he scored just one goal and had one assist. Some critics questioned Ovechkin's effort at key times in the series, but Capitals teammates and coaches dismissed any notion that Ovechkin gave less than 100 percent.

The 2013 World Championships will mark Ovechkin's ninth appearance in the tournament. The Russian has scored 26 goals in 55 games of Worlds competition.