Alex Ovechkin to Play for Russia in IIHF World Championship

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Alex Ovechkin to Play for Russia in IIHF World Championship
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The day after a Game 7 gut-punch elimination from the first round of the playoffs, the Capitals announced that Alex Ovechkin is heading to Helsinki to play for Russia in the quarterfinals of the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship. Ovechkin, who recorded one goal and an assist in the postseason, said he received a call from the Russian national team Tuesday morning asking if he was healthy and willing to make his ninth career appearance in the World Championship.

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