Early exit allows Ovechkin to play

Updated: May 6, 2010, 11:34 AM ET
Associated Press

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany -- With his team out of the NHL playoffs, Alex Ovechkin hopes to lead Russia past Canada again for a third straight world championship title.

Ovechkin, who helped Russia to the 2008 crown but missed the 2009 tournament, became available for the worlds when his Washington Capitals lost in the first round of the NHL playoffs.

Germany hopes to mark the start of the tournament Friday with a record crowd. The opening game between Germany and the United States ...

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