Alex Ovechkin Captains Russian National Team

Photos: FHR.ru

On Thursday, Washington Capitals forwards Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov all played in a hockey game for the first time since the Caps’ dreadful season ended two weeks ago.

The three Russian Caps suited up for Russia’s national team in what was basically a glorified exhibition against Germany to warm up for the World Championships. Team Russia won 4-2 and scored three of their four goals in 1:38. None of the Caps players scored or tallied a point.

One interesting fact we can take from the game is that Ovechkin was captain of Team Russia. It’s the first time he’s led the national team since 2005, when he was the 19-year-old captain of Russia during the World Junior Championships. Though his captain patch totally looks velcroed on.

Ovechkin played on the first line with Alex Burmistrov and Viktor Tikhonov; Kuznetsov played with KHL players Sergei Shirokov and Ilya Zubov; and Dmitry Orlov was a part of the team’s top defensive pairing with Anton Belov – who recently left the NHL to sign with SKA St. Petersburg.

Russia will play again Saturday.

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Alex Ovechkin Captains Russian National Team

Alex Ovechkin Captains Russian National Team

Alex Ovechkin Captains Russian National Team

Photos: FHR.ru

  • Jack Sparrow

    Ovi looks pretty comfortable in that Russian gear…

  • Lawrence

    Will be good experience for all of them, I hope they crush every team.

  • KV8

    “Dmitry Orlov was a part of the team’s top defensive pairing with Anton Belov”

    from Russia with lov?

  • Stevarooni

    Looks like Germany is still getting good mileage out of those old Canucks jerseys they got on clearance

  • tpr04

    Was Ovie on the right or left wing? Where was Kuz?

    Once Oates is gone, would like to see Ovie back at LW.

  • PucktotheHead

    Why? Just curious.

  • yv

    He was LW, said still adapting but would be better.

  • John

    It’s like the captains patch from D3!

  • Freedoooom

    Funny how a guy whos KHL team has a 4th liner captain, made Ovechkin captain of Dynamo while said 4th liner was gone for extended and now making him captain of the national team.

    Its like Ovechkin is a bad captain or something…

    He must be better at saying “lets go boys,” in Russian.