Ovechkin didn't have any points and wore a brace on his right knee but showed no ill effects when Russia defeated France 3-0 to advance to the semifinals on Saturday against Sweden, a 3-2 winner against Belarus.
Ovechkin sustained an injury to his right leg during Russia's preliminary-round game against Germany on Sunday, but an MRI revealed no ligament damage to his knee. He sat out Russia's final opening-round game, Tuesday against Belarus, but practiced Wednesday and played 14:46 in 17 shifts Thursday. He played 2:49 in the third period.
"Of course it was a bit awkward to skate in the brace," Ovechkin said. "But I think I'll play without it the next game and everything will be OK. I wasn't risking anything. I knew the brace would protect me in case of a collision. That's what happened in the first period and I immediately knew that the leg is reacting well."
Ovechkin, Russia's captain, has three goals, six assists and a team-high 35 shots on goal in seven games.