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Alex Ovechkin set to join Russia

Updated: May 8, 2011, 10:18 AM ET
Associated Press

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Alex Ovechkin is set to join Russia's team at the ice hockey world championship in Slovakia after his Washington Capitals were eliminated from the NHL playoffs.

The forward had 32 goals and 53 assists in 79 games and 10 points in nine postseason games and should significantly improve Russia's offense.

The Capitals made the announcement Friday, two days after the Tampa Bay Lightning swept the series against Washington 4-0. It will be Ovechkin's seventh world ...

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