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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.

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During Sunday’s World Championships game between Germany and Russia, Alex Ovechkin was injured. Ovechkin’s right knee collided with a German player on open ice, sending Ovechkin flying.

The injury appears significant.

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If you’ve ever wanted to see the Russian machine play with actual Russian machines, today is a good day for you. On Thursday, Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the Russian National Team did just that, visiting an armored fort near Minsk, which is a part of the Stalin Line.

The Stalin Line.

The line, created in the 1920s to protect the USSR against attacks from the west, consists of concrete bunkers and gun emplacements. It’s basically a less elaborate Maginot Line, which may mean something to approximately 2% of you.

On their off day, Ovechkin and his comrades visited a remaining part of the line, close to where the World Championships are taking place in Belarus. Just like that shirtless soccer game a few years ago, team officials probably hoped the event would bring the team closer together.

Maybe that happened, maybe it didn’t. For sure, it became a giant photo op and no one took it seriously.

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Team Russia beat the living tar out of Team USA at World Championships today with a final score of 6-1. Washington Capitals forwards Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored goals, while Hershey Bears goalie Pierre McGuire David Leggio came on in relief of Tim Thomas in the second period.

Leggio allowed one goal on eight shots in 28:57 of ice time.

Let’s take a look at the highlights.

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Back at the Olympics, Team Russia got eliminated from medal contention by Finland. It was sad. Even the mascot, the Sochi Bear, which literally had a smile fixed on its face, couldn’t keep it together.

Russia got revenge on Sunday, though some of the names and faces were changed. Buoyed by an Alex Ovechkin power-play goal (his second of the tournament), Russia beat Finland 4-2, ending a year-long losing streak to the Finns. It was Ovechkin’s second goal and his third point of the tournament.

Russia is now 2-0 in the World Championship and has outscored its opponents 9-2. Without Teemu Selanne, who is busy or something, Finland is 0-2 and may miss out on even qualifying for the playoffs.

Ovechkin’s goal was assisted by Dmitry Orlov.

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Team Russia walloped Switzerland in the opening game of the 2014 World Championships in Minsk today. The fabled Russian offense, mostly inert in Sochi, delivered five goals while goalie Sergei Bobrovsky turned away all 27 shots he faced from the Swiss.

Newly named captain, Alex Ovechkin, also scored a goal and tallied an assist in the beatdown.

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and the team he’s now captaining, the Russian National Team, arrived in Minsk, Belarus earlier today for the 2014 World Championships, which begin tomorrow. When Team Russia arrived at the President Hotel, they were greeted by a hotel official. Then things got weird.

As Ovechkin approached, the official came up to him and said (as translated by Fedor Fedin), “We’re welcoming all of you, dear friends, and we’ve been assigned by the Belarus National Committee manager to present you this Karavai, hoping this will be a victory Karavai.”

The official gave Ovechkin a giant loaf of bread. A victory loaf.

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On Sunday, Alex Ovechkin and Team Russia lost to Sweden 2-0 at Stockholm Globe Arena during the Oddset Hockey Games, which is basically another international tournament before the World Championships begin on Friday.

We have two important pieces of information to share from this game. First, Mattias Ek of the Swedish website Expressen reports that Ovechkin was named captain of Team Russia for the Worlds. That’s neat and not all that surprising.

Second, Ek shares a story that should warm your our cold, Capital heart. Apparently in the third period, with Swedes Jimmie Ericsson and Andreas Thuresson in the penalty box, Ovechkin “bombed away for Putin and his motherland” and “shot off the blade of Tre Kronor centreman Mikael Backlund” with a huge shot.

Unfortunately, there’s no video, but Backlund spoke to SportExpressen.se exclusively after the game about the incident. He sure was impressed by Ovechkin’s power.

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Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is going to win the Hart trophy at the end of the season. Not only was Sid the only guy to score 100 points this year, he is also a good defensive player too. That’s why on Friday night against the New York Rangers, I was surprised to see Crosby completely give up on a play in the defensive zone.

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The Micromanager: Adam Oates’s Downfall

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Gone. (Photo: Chris Gordon)

Adam Oates is a smart man. After going undrafted out of college, he turned into a Hall of Fame player. It wasn’t his skill that made him an NHL success, but his elite ability to notice things other people didn’t. Oates had a coaching mind in a player’s body.

“If Adam notices something in a game, he adjusts right away,” Ron Wilson, then the Caps coach, told SI in 2001. “Even if it’s only how somebody is holding his stick. He takes the information, processes it, and puts it to use. The thing about Adam is that he assimilates a lot of stuff at once. Most guys might see one or two things, and the rest is a blur.”

However, years later, when Oates became head coach of the Capitals, that obsession with improving individual players would undermine the team as a whole.

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