Capitals release statement on status of Ovechkin's injury, 'confident' in full recovery

May 19, 8:01 PM

The Washington Capitals have not yet seen Alex Ovechkin since his injury, but they have been in touch with doctors in Minsk at the World Hockey Championship and are 'confident' in a full recovery.

Monday afternoon the Capitals released a statement regarding Ovechkin's knee injury:

Following our review of the available medical reports, Alex Ovechkin sustained a right leg injury during Team Russia's game versus Germany. This type of injury requires rest, but based on the current information provided, we are confident that Alex will be completely healthy prior to the start of training camp. We will continue to monitor his progress and request additional tests and medical information for our review. Once our medical staff receives and reviews that information, we will be able to make a better determination of the injury. We will share information with our fans as it becomes available.

Feature photo courtesy of ALEXANDER NEMENOV / Getty

Sep 11, 4:40 PM

Ovechkin: 'My knee doesn't bother me' any more

Sep 11, 4:40 PM

Alex Ovechkin says his right knee is now pain-free.

"My knee doesn't bother me," the Washington Capitals star told reporters Thursday, via The Associated Press. "Everything feels fine and [is] 100 percent."

Ovechkin suffered a leg injury in the third period of Russia's game against Germany at the world hockey championships in May, but returned later in the tournament.

The Capitals' captain said he has been working out for the past month, and that it took about two months for his knee to heal.

Asked about whether he would play left or right wing this season under Barry Trotz, Ovechkin deferred to the team's new head coach.

"Ask him about it. He's the coach and he's going to make the decision."

Feature photo courtesy of Adam Hunger / REUTERS

May 24, 4:49 PM

Ovechkin: 'Can't say I’m 100 percent fit' but will play in World Championship final

May 24, 4:49 PM

Alex Ovechkin updated the status of his injured knee after contributing an assist and five shots in Russia's semifinal victory at the World Championships in Belarus on Saturday.

“I had a new knee brace and felt much better,” Ovechkin told reporters. “I can't say I’m 100 percent fit but the situation is that one must be ready for anything. We have one game left and we must do everything to make sure we win.”

Ovechkin returned to the lineup in the quarterfinals despite the Washington Capitals suggesting his injury required rest and will play one more game for his country on Sunday seeking his third career World Championship gold medal.

Russia is attempting to finish a perfect 10-0 in the tournament thanks to a stacked roster that includes eight players from the Sochi Olympic team. Ovechkin and the Russians will face Finland in the gold medal game.

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May 22, 9:18 AM

Ovechkin returns from injury at World Championships

May 22, 9:18 AM

MINSK, Belarus (AP) Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has recovered from a right leg injury and is ready to play for Russia against France on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the hockey world championship.

The Russian hockey federation says Ovechkin will resume his duty as team captain.

Ovechkin missed the final group match against Belarus on Tuesday after injuring his right leg in a collision during Russia's game against Germany.

The forward needed hospital treatment Sunday after taking a hit to his right knee from Marcus Kink midway through the third period. He stayed on the ice for several minutes before he needed assistance to leave.

Russia is the last unbeaten team at the worlds.

May 19, 8:23 AM

Report: MRI on Ovechkin's knee negative, will remain in Minsk but may be done at WHC

May 19, 8:23 AM

Washington Capitals forward and Russia captain Alexander Ovechkin will remain in Minsk, Belarus for the duration of the World Hockey Championships - and will do so even if he's unable to return in the tournament. The NHL's leading scorer was briefly hospitalized after sustaining an ugly knee injury when he was hit by Germany captain Marcus Kink on Sunday.

On Monday, Ovechkin's knee was still swollen, although an MRI on his knee was "negative for a tear," according to a report from sport-express.ru reporter Slava Malamud. That report was later confirmed by Vladislav Tretiak, the president of the Russian Hockey Federation, who told Malamud the "diagnosis didn't reveal a serious ligament damage, the worst is avoided."

The Russian national team is apparently considering a "special knee brace" for the high-scoring winger, although it appears more likely that he'll simply miss the balance of the tournament.

The Russian side have proved a juggernaut at the 2014 World Hockey Championship, winning all six of their games during the round-robin stage and outscoring opponents 29-6. While the loss of Ovechkin will surely hurt, Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin practiced with the team on Monday and seems likely to make his tournament debut Tuesday against Belarus.

May 18, 6:00 PM

Russian team doctor on Ovechkin injury: 'Better than expected'

May 18, 6:00 PM

When Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin was hit in the third period of Sunday's game between Germany and Russia at the IIHF World Hockey Championships, the worst was feared - especially when Ovechkin was unable to leave the ice under his own power, and was taken to hospital in an ambulance post-game. 

Luckily, it would seem that the NHL's leading scorer avoided serious injury and will be remaining in Minsk, Belarus with the Russian national team, which is an excellent sign. 

Sports-express.ru's Slava Malamud reports that the outcome of Ovechkin's injury could've been significantly worse:

Ovechkin meanwhile shared a photo on Instagram that would suggest he's doing alright despite Sunday afternoon's injury scare:

Feature photo courtesy of Alexander Demianchuk / REUTERS

May 18, 4:19 PM

Alex Ovechkin taken to hospital after sustaining apparent leg injury at Worlds

May 18, 4:19 PM

Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin, the NHL's leading scorer for two seasons running, left Sunday's round robin World Championship game between Russia and Germany in the third period after colliding with German forward Marcus Kink. 

According to Team Russia head coach Oleg Znarok per Canadian Press reporter Steve Whyno, Ovechkin was taken to hospital for an MRI and further evaluation following the hit.  Meanwhile Sports-express.ru reporter Slava Malamud, who initially reported that Quick had left the arena in an ambulance, quotes a source saying that, while Ovechkin's evaluation is still pending, "It's pretty bad."

The Capitals have issued a statement stating that they're aware of the situation and are working with Team Russia officials to gather additional information.

May 18, 3:59 PM

VIDEO: Alex Ovechkin sustains apparent leg injury at World Hockey Championship

May 18, 3:59 PM

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and the Russian national men's hockey team had enjoyed some smooth sailing at the 2014 World Hockey Championship, amassing a 5-0 record going into Sunday's match-up with Germany.

However, an open-ice hit by German forward Marcus Kink - who plays professional hockey for Adler Mannheim of the DEL - could have repercussions running significantly deeper than just Russia's bid at the Championship. 

According to Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press, Ovechkin was writhing in pain, and stayed on the ice for two minutes following the hit. You can see the hit here: