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Alex Ovechkin Leaves World Championship With Lower Body Injury

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Teammates help injured Russian forward Alexander Ovechkin (C) during a IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship preliminary round group B game between Russia and Germany, in Minsk, on May 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Teammates help injured Russian forward Alexander Ovechkin (C) during a IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship preliminary round group B game between Russia and Germany, in Minsk, on May 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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UPDATED: May 18, 6:34 p.m.

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Alex Ovechkin, captain of the Washington Capitals, left the IIHF World Championship game in Minsk, Belarus early after suffering an apparent lower body injury.

Ovechkin was playing in the game with Russia on Sunday afternoon during the IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship preliminary round against Germany. Russian hockey reporter Slava Malamud broke the news.

According to reports, Ovechkin was hit in the right knee by an open-ice hip check from an opposing player. When he was unable to get up on his own, he was supported by two athletic trainers and teammates who helped him off the ice.

Malamud also reported that the Capitals captain was taken off in an ambulance with “evaluation still pending.”

Around 6:15 p.m. EDT, Ovechkin posted a photo of himself on Instragram with a thumbs up and a smile, letting Caps fans everywhere breathe a little easier.

The Capitals organization released a statement just before 5 p.m. about Ovechkin’s injury.

Ovechkin is not the only Russian Capitals player to be injured during the World Championship games. On Monday, it was reported that defenseman Dmitry Orlov broke his left arm and traveled back to D.C. for evaluation.

The Capitals failed to qualify for the NHL playoffs this past season. Ovechkin finished the 2013-2014 NHL season with 79 points, and led the league in goals at 51.

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