Dominating the World

Posted on May 13, 2014 by Adam Stringham

Alex Ovechkin Carries Russia's Flag

Photo Credit: Washington Post

The Washington Capitals organization is well represented, with 9 players (well 8 now), participating in this year's IIHF World Championship. Here are some quick hits on the tourney and other Capitals related news.

The Great:

1. Russian Captain, Alexander Ovechkin, leads all players with 6 points through his first 3 games of the tournament (3-3-6). Two of Ovie's goals have come on the PP while the other was scored on a penalty shot against USA goaltender Tim Thomas. 

Highlights can be viewed on Russian Machine Never Breaks: here, here, and here

NBCSN still found a reason to talk about Ovechkin's regular season +/- during the broadcast; so I thought I should note that he is +4 so far in the tournament. 

2. The Nemesis of Bathroom Doors, Joel Ward, leads all Canadians in scoring through his team's first three tilts (3-1-4). 

Ward continues to have an incredible year that included being nominated for the Masterton Trophy by the Washington D.C chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. 

Grab On To Grabo:

1. Mikhail Grabovski, hailing from the host country of Belarus, has played quite a tournament. Grabo has 4 points (1-3-4) in his first three games. It is believed that Grabovski will not sign with the Capitals before a GM and Head Coach are found; making his pending free agency a driving force in the Capitals pursuit of new organizational leadership. 

The Unfortunate:

1. After having a strong start to his tournament; Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov has suffered an expected broken arm and will miss the rest of the tournament. Initial report (per RMNB) is that he is returning to Washington for his medical care. 

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