Russia blanked Germany 3-0 on Sunday to improve their undefeated record to 6-0-0 at the IIHF World Championships in Belarus. But there was only one thing to be concerned about after the game and that was the health of Alex Ovechkin, who appeared to injure his knee during a third period collision.
Here's video of the hit:
According to Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press, Russia head coach Oleg Znarok confirmed that Ovechkin was taken to a local hospital for an MRI.
The German player who hit Ovechkin, Marcus Kink, wasn't in a talking mood after the game:
German player who hip checked and injured Ovechkin is Marcus Kink. Asked about hit by Russian reporters, Kink stormed off.— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) May 18, 2014
The Washington Capitals released the following statement Sunday afternoon:
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.
Last year, Canada's Eric Staal took a knee-on-knee hit from Alex Edler and needed three months to recover from a sprained MCL. Edler was suspended four games for hit. In this instance, Ovechkin's collision with Kink seems like just an unfortunate play.
UPDATE: According to Malamud, Ovechkin was walking without crutches at the team hotel. Meanwhile, Ovechkin Tweeted this photo afterward, which is a good sign:
UPDATE Monday: The IIHF has suspended Kink one game for "clipping."
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