Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin suffered a lower-body injury in a World Championship game against Germany. In the middle of the third period, Ovechkin, who was breaking out of Team Russia’s zone, collided knee-on-knee with Marcus Kink in what looked like a failed hip check. There was no penalty on the play.

After staying down for more than a minute, Ovi was helped off the ice to Russia’s locker room by his teammates without putting weight on his right leg.

GFY by Freedoooom

Ovechkin was taken to the hospital to get an MRI.

According to the tweets of Alexei Shevchenko of Sportbox.ru, Ovechkin did not need a stretcher, though it was brought out of an ambulance initially. Serious security measures were taken, and no photographs were allowed while he was placed in the car. Ovechkin was “heavily limping” and was having a hard time walking down the stairs.

At 11:29 PM local time (4:29 PM Eastern), Shevchenko tweeted a photo of Ovechkin’s ambulance.

“It’s an unfortunate incident”, said the coach for Team Germany, Pat Cortina, after the game to Slava Malamud. “It’s not what my team is about. Hopefully, he is alright.”

His opponent, Russian coach Oleg Znarok, confirmed the reports: “Ovi has been taken off (to the hospital). No further comment. Dirty or not, I don’t care. Won’t make me feel better.”

According to Pavel Lysenkov, German forward Markus Kink had little to say about the hit that hurt Ovechkin:

When asked what he thinks about the collision, Kink said “Nothing,” and went to the locker room.

Kink has racked up 665 penalty minutes in 555 games in the DEL, the German national league.

Ovechkin had just one shot in the game. Russia went on to win 3-0 thanks to third period goals by Vadim Shipachyov, Sergei Shirokov, and Viktor Tikhonov. Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves on 29 shots. Ovechkin was named player of the game for Team Russia, as chosen by his teammates, while Grubauer received the same honor from his team.

The Capitals have released a statement:

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.

We do not expect any updates on Ovechkin’s status until Monday at the earliest.


Per Slava:

Russia’s Team Doctor issues an update, translated by Igor Kleyner:

“He [Ovechkin] is staying in Minsk for the tournament but will definitely miss next game v Belarus”

He added, “It’s better than we thought.”

And here’s a very mobile Ovechkin walking around, somewhat hindered.

And from the man himself:

He says, “Everything is okay, [congratulate] everybody with victory.”

File under #neverbreaks.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

  • CSA

    Hopefully the initial reports are a tad bit over blown. But with that being said, it certainly doesn’t look good at all. Hopefully he’s 100% for opening night.

  • IafrateNoGhosts

    Milbury is calling him soft as we speak.

  • Luckpon

    WELL, i guess this site has to shut down now. ;/

  • OlietheGoalie

    Long way to go until opening night. He should be fine… Right? 🙁

  • 5manfront

    Looks less like knee-on-knee and more like hip on thigh. Doesn’t mean it still can’t be a bad injury, but it doesn’t look anything like a Cooke-esque knee-on-knee.

  • IafrateNoGhosts

    Wow. i was only joking when i posted that… then i read Milbury’s real comment where he says “Ovechkin was trying to make up for his lackluster performance at the Olympics, but this is the risk you take”.

    What a smug asshole. i hope someone beats the snot out of his son with an old shoe so that someone can tell him that that is the risk that he takes for being related to his prick father. Milbury just angers me.

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  • cobra617

    Not if it is a ligament. Get Dr. Andrews on a flight to Belarus.

  • Dark Stranger

    That is just so totally rude of Milbury. And uncalled for.

  • Dark Stranger

    But this injury gives me flashbacks of Erik Staal’s knee injury in last year’s World Champs. Note: Staal got off to terrible start for Carolina this past season.

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  • Igor Kleyner

    Definitely good news from Minsk, as Ovi is seen walking on his own back at team hotel with not even much of a limp https://twitter.com/IgorKleyner/status/468147598017040385

  • Shaun Phillips

    He really is a machine. Just pop in a replacement part and better than new!

  • Lexus

    Again, full video sequence here (via: @HockeyWebCast)

  • Sarah

    I was largely neutral about the Worlds until all this, but now I am totally rooting for Russia so Ovi can get his revenge. Get (all the way) better soon Ovi! God bless!

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    I’m going to continue to hold my breath until we hear moar. Just because he’s walking around doesn’t mean much. You can still walk on a torn ACL.

  • Rob W.

    Russian Machine metal bends but never breaks

  • Jack Conness

    This is absolutely awful. I’m just hoping for the best here.

  • 5manfront

    And totally par for the course with him…

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  • Anna S.

    oh 🙁
    … I really hope he would be alright :(… :))

  • yv

    I wonder whether there is anyone who likes MM and how long he will continue to hang around the hockey, and microphone specifically?
    And what a relieve it would be for hockey TV viewers if Pens, indeed, will hire as there GM the another NBC tool, Pierre McGuire.

  • Chip

    I was shaking from anger when i heard him say that. What a raging d-bag.

  • JenniferH

    Hopefully, Ovi gets a full clean bill of health and he recovers beautifully. It looks like it’s much less than was initially feared. RMNB indeed! Also, in breaking news… Mike Milbury is an ass.

  • JustinC71

    Somebody hold me.

  • Dark Stranger

    The last statement is not breaking news! LOL!

  • capsyoungguns

    Great updates. Thanks for this. As has been coined before, on this site I believe: Russian Machine may bend but he does not break!

  • Bugs Fire

    Totally. I wondered if I was alone to cringe in the second intermission of Hawks’ game. To be fair to NBC, two other guys tried to prevent the ass from opening his stupid mouth. To be completely fair, one of them should have told him to sftu.

  • Bugs Fire

    Well, Crosby with equally lackluster performance (1G, 2A in 6 games having the best set of players possible by his side and a coach who did not pit half of his team against the other half) is not rushing to help Canada. Too risky, I guess. It’s only crazy Russians (Malkin) who do that.

    By the way, in the post game seven interview Malkin looked like he was in tears. Another selfish Russian who does not care. And yes, according to mm Crosby was bad in playoffs because Bylsma paired him with Malkin.

  • OlietheGoalie

    Milbury is a raging dick. I’m waiting for Keith Jones to punch him one day.

  • OlietheGoalie

    Dude, he’s walking like his leg is asleep. That’s it! Either he is hopped up on all the pills ever and doesn’t even know where he is, or he truly is a machine.

  • Semintheghost

    Malkin> Crosby

  • CapsKel

    Dude, what does this have to do with Crosby? Crosby didn’t insult Ovi. Can we just insult Mike Milbury for being a douche?

  • JenniferH

    Sarcasm, my friend.

  • DC Hockey Nut

    I was hoping that JR would have decked him that one time they got in a shouting match. I think everyone on that broadcast team knows how much of a twat-wattle that MM is.

  • Ryan

    i fucking HATE Milbury so much

  • Bugs Fire

    Because I have no problems with calling Ovie out on his shortcomings. What I do have a problem with is double standard.