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Russian trio from NHL Washington Capitals join national hockey squad

May 13, 16:41 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"We are in a good mood. Of course we are disappointed having been knocked out from the fight for the Stanley Cup, but we are about to join the World Championship," Alexander Ovechkin said
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Alexander Ovechkin (8), Yevgeny Kuznetsov (92) and Dmitry Orlov (9)

Alexander Ovechkin (8), Yevgeny Kuznetsov (92) and Dmitry Orlov (9)

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MOSCOW, May 13. /TASS/. Russia’s titled hockey forward Alexander Ovechkin told TASS on Friday upon his arrival in the Russian capital he regretted missing another opportunity to win the Stanley Cup, but was optimistic about playing in matches of the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

NHL Washington Capitals’ forwards Alexander Ovechkin and Yevgeny Kuznetsov as well as defenseman Dmitry Orlov were called on Wednesday to join the national team after their club lost to Pittsburg Penguins in the sixth match of the NHL second playoff round (3:4 OT) and dropped out of the Stanley Cup tournament.

"We had a good flight," Ovechkin said in an interview with TASS. "We are in a good mood. Of course we are disappointed having been knocked out from the fight for the Stanley Cup, but we are about to join the World Championship."

In 79 matches of the NHL regular season Ovechkin scored 71 points (50 goals and 21 assists). In 12 playoff games the Russian captain of the Washington Capitals scored recorded five goals and seven assists.

Kuznetsov played 82 regular season games scoring 77 points (20 goals, 57 assists), and in 12 playoff matches he has one goal and one assist.

Capitals’ defender Orlov has a record of 29 points (8 goals, 21 assists) in 82 regular season matches and had one assist in 11 Stanley Cup playoffs.

The matches of the 2016 IIHF World Championship are held in the Russian capital of Moscow and in the country’s second largest city of St. Petersburg between May 6 and 22. A total of 16 national teams, qualified to play in the 2016 IIHF World Championship, were divided into two groups. The 12,000-seat VTB Ice Palace in Moscow hosts the matches of Group A, which comprise the teams from Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Latvia, Norway, Denmark and Kazakhstan.

The 6,000-seat Yubileiny Arena hosts the matches of Group B teams, which are from Canada, Finland, the United States, Slovakia, Belarus, France, Germany and Hungary.

In the opening game the Russian hockey players lost to the Czech national team (0:3) and then beat the teams of Kazakhstan (6:4), Latvia (4:0) and Denmark (10-1).

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