Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin sustained an injury to what appeared to be his right knee while representing Russia in a game against Germany on Sunday at the 2014 IIHF World Championship at Minsk Arena.
Ovechkin took a hit from a Germany's Marcus Kink at the Russian blue line and was down for two minutes before heading to the dressing room without putting any pressure on his right leg.
The 28-year-old led the NHL with 51 goals in 78 games during the regular season.
"We are aware that Alex Ovechkin sustained an injury during today's game vs. Germany," the Capitals said in a statement. "Our medical staff is working with Ovechkin and Team Russia to gather additional information at this time."
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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