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NHL: Capitals star Ovechkin leaves game after hit

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Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, last season's top National Hockey League goal scorer, was forced to leave Sunday's game after getting checked while playing for Russia at the World Championships.

The 28-year-old sniper appeared to suffer a right knee injury in the third period of a 3-0 win over Germany in Belarus.

Ovechkin took a low hit on the leg from a Germany's Marcus Kink at the Russian blue line. He stayed on the ice for two minutes before being helped to the locker room without putting pressure on his right leg.

Ovechkin was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released. He eventually returned to the team's hotel and tweeted a picture of himself giving the thumbs up sign.

"We are aware that Alex Ovechkin sustained an injury during today's game versus Germany," the Capitals said in a statement.

"Our medical staff is working with Ovechkin and Team Russia to gather additional information at this time."

The incident took place halfway through the final period when Ovechkin was carrying the puck out of his zone. The Russian forward tried to dodge Kink but his right leg collided with the German player's hip, sending him cartwheeling through the air.

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