Alex Ovechkin injures right leg

Updated: May 19, 2014, 9:48 AM ET
Associated Press

MINSK, Belarus -- Alex Ovechkin will miss at least one game at the ice hockey world championship after sustaining a right leg injury in a collision during Russia's game against Germany on Sunday.

The star forward needed hospital treatment after taking a hit to his right knee from Marcus Kink midway through the third period and stayed on the ice for several minutes before he needed assistance to leave.

The International Ice Hockey Federation says Ovechkin will miss Russia's final group game against host Belarus on Tuesday but remains with the team.

Ovechkin has scored three goals and added six assists for Russia in the tournament.

Russia's ice hockey federation says it's not clear if he will be able to play at the tournament but Ovechkin said on Twitter "all's OK" with a link to an Instagram photo of him giving a thumbs up.

Kink was not penalized for the incident.

"It's an unfortunate incident and we hope he's OK," Germany coach Pat Cortina said. "He's a great player and a great ambassador for the game of ice hockey. We need players like that and hopefully he will be fine and we'll see him back on the ice soon."

Russia is waiting for the arrival of another star forward, Evgeni Malkin, who agreed to join the team at the worlds after his Pittsburgh Penguins were eliminated from the NHL playoffs. Malkin could be available for Tuesday's final group-stage game against Belarus.


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