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MINSK, Belarus -- Alex Ovechkin has been hospitalized with an apparent right leg injury suffered during Russia's game with Germany at the world hockey championship Sunday.

Coach Oleg Znarok would not reveal anything about Ovechkin's injury other than to say he was taken to a local hospital. Znarok said information would be released later.

"Of course it's scary. We hope he's healthy and can play," said former Winnipeg Jets forward Alex Burmistrov.

Ovechkin took an open-ice hit from Marcus Kink that appeared to make contact with his right knee, then flipped over and remained on the ice.

The Russian captain and Washington Capitals star was down for two minutes before needing to be helped off by teammates, putting no pressure on his right leg.

Ovechkin was injured in the third period of Russia's 3-0 victory and did not return.

"I hope nothing is wrong with him. I hope he is fine. You never want to see that," said German goaltender Philipp Grubauer, who is also a teammate of Ovechkin. "We need him in Washington. He had 51 goals this year, he is one of the best players in the world so we need him up in Washington."

There have been over 30 injuries at this tournament, but Ovechkin's could turn out to be the most significant.

Kink refused comment when asked his opinion of the hit.

Montreal-born German coach Pat Cortina called it an "unfortunate incident" and added that Ovechkin was a "great ambassador" for the sport.

The Washington Capitals issued the following statement on Sunday: "We are aware that Alex Ovechkin sustained an injury during today's game versus Germany. Our medical staff is working with Ovechkin and Team Russia to gather additional information at this time.È


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Blows my mind that NHL clubs still allow players to play in this tournament. I mean, the Caps pay this guy gazillions to play hockey and he goes over and destroys his knee in what is a mean nothing tournament.

It's mean nothing to the NHL teams sure, but I'm sure it means a lot for some players to be able to represent their country at some level.

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It's mean nothing to the NHL teams sure, but I'm sure it means a lot for some players to be able to represent their country at some level.

Sure, but Ovechkin just finished playing for his country in the Olympics in Russia. That was in a meaningful, best-on-best tournament. I kinda doubt he was very enthused about playing in this tournament. Also, I doubt a team like the Caps would consider a catastrophic injury to their franchise player sustained in what is to most NHL players a mean-nothing tournament a "mean nothing" event.

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