Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, and Orlov will play for Russia at worlds

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Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov have accepted the call to represent Russia at the world hockey championships.

The tournament, which is being held in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, got underway last week. The hosts have two wins and one loss in group play. They play Denmark tomorrow.

This will be the 12th time that Ovechkin has represented Russia at the worlds. Last night, his Washington Capitals failed once again to get past the second round of the NHL playoffs, losing in six games to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“I’m proud of my team, I’m proud of my teammates,” Ovechkin told reporters. “We battled through. It doesn’t matter what happened, but in the end we lost in the second round, so it sucks.”

Related: Ovechkin-blaming is especially silly this time around