The puck, shot by Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) slips past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) for a goal during the first period of of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Wed
Frank Franklin II
May 14, 2015

PRAGUE (AP) The Washington Capitals say forward Alex Ovechkin should arrive in Prague in time to help Russia play the United States in the semifinals of the ice hockey world championship on Saturday.

The Capitals said on Thursday that Ovechkin, the NHL's leading goal-scorer, was travelling on the same day.

They were knocked out of the NHL playoffs late Wednesday by the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

In his 10 previous worlds, Ovechkin helped Russia to three titles, including last year in Minsk, Belarus.

Russia was defeated by the U.S. and Finland in the group stage, and Ovechkin could make a difference.

He scored 53 goals in the NHL regular season, and five more in the playoffs.

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