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According to a report, Washington Capitals sniper Alex Ovechkin is packing his bags and heading to the Czech Republic in hopes that he will get to suit up for Russia at the World Championship. Russia plays Sweden in quarterfinal action at the Worlds today, but should they advance Ovechkin will be in the lineup to take on either USA or Switzerland.
Alex Ovechkin isn't going to let the sting of yet another Game 7 defeat get in the way of him heading to the Czech Republic to represent his country at the World Championship.
According to Igor Eronko of Russian outlet Sports.ru, Ovechkin is set to join team Russia tomorrow at the tournament. However, Ovechkin may not even be able to suit up for a game should Russia lose in Thursday's quarterfinal against Sweden.
The Russian side, which already boasts stars like Evgeni Malkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Vladimir Tarasenko, would get quite a boost from adding Ovechkin, who is coming off of a Game 7 in which he was the only Capital to find the back of the net. With Ovechkin in the lineup, the Russian team automatically jumps from an outside contender to a legitimate threat to win the tournament. Getting by the Swedes will be the only issue.
In the tournament, Sweden finished second in Group A, behind only a stacked Canadian team. In Group B, Russia finished third behind the United States and Finland, who were led by the outstanding play of goaltender Pekka Rinne.
Over the course of his career, Ovechkin has suited up for 65 games at the World Championship, tallying 31 goals and 57 points. He was named to the tournament's all-star team in 2006 and 2008 and helped Russia win gold in 2008, 2012 and 2014.
Saturday's semifinal games will be played at the O2 Arena in Prague and, should they win, Russia will take on the winner of the quarterfinal matchup between USA and Switzerland.