Ovechkin to join Russia at hockey worlds

Just days after his team was eliminated from the NHL playoffs, Alex Ovechkin is headed to Slovakia.

The Washington Capitals announced Friday that their captain will play for Team Russia at the 2011 IIHF World Championships.

It will be Ovechkin's seventh worlds appearance for Russia, which faces the Czech Republic in a qualification round game Sunday.

The Capitals were swept by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round of the NHL playoffs.