Ovechkin will be making his second Olympic appearance after being named to the tournament All-Star team as Russia finished fourth in 2006 – he finished tied for third in tournament scoring with five goals. He has represented Russia in three World Junior Championships, five World Championships and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
In his fifth World Championship, he helped Russia to a gold medal in 2008, tying for the team lead with six goals and assisted on Ilya Kovalchuk's gold-medal-winning goal in overtime (Russia defeated Canada 5-4).
He won his first international gold medal in 2003 at the World Junior Championship, also defeating Canada in the gold medal game. He played alongside fellow 2010 Olympians Fedor Tyutin and Denis Grebeshkov.
His mom, Tatyana, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, competing in basketball (1976 and 1980) for the Soviet Union.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
TONIGHT ON NHL NETWORK
5:00 ET: NHL Live Powered by Constellation 7:00 ET: NHL Tonight