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Capitals' Ovechkin, Kuznetsov to play at Worlds

Washington forwards, defenseman Orlov to represent Russia at international tournament

by Katie Brown / Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals forwards Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov and defenseman Dmitry Orlov each confirmed Thursday that he will play for Russia at the 2016 IIHF World Championships in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia.

The Capitals were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 4-3 overtime loss in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday.

"Right now I'd rather stay here and play for Game 7 [than] stay with [the media] right now and just to be in a meeting, finish up the meeting right now and have some lunch and go home and sleep," Ovechkin said at his exit interview at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

Ovechkin has represented Russia 12 times at the World Championship. He won gold in 2008, 2012 and 2014, silver in 2010 and 2015 and bronze in 2005 and 2007.

"You have to take this momentum and it's going to be a huge opportunity for me to again represent my country in my hometown in front of our fans, families," Ovechkin said. "It's going to be fun and I'm still going to play hockey."

Ovechkin led the NHL with 50 goals and had 71 points in 79 games for the Capitals during the regular season. He had five goals and 12 points in 12 games in the playoffs.

Kuznetsov has won gold twice at the World Championship (2012, 2014), and will appear in his fourth tournament.

The 23-year-old led the Capitals with 77 points in 82 games during the regular season and had one goal and two points in 12 playoff games.

"It's always cool to play for my country," Kuznetsov said. "Any time they will call me, I will say, 'Yes I'm going, 100 percent' because that's my country."

Russia (3-0-0-1, nine points) defeated Denmark 10-1 on Thursday and is in second place in Group A.

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