Russians add Ovie, Semin to roster
|Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin (L) congratulates New York Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist after the Rangers defeated the Capitals in Game 7 of their NHL Eastern Conference semifinal at Madison Square Garden. (REUTERS)
The powerhouse Russians added another two offensive weapons to their arsenal Sunday.
Washington Capitals forwards Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin agreed to join the undefeated Russian team at the world hockey championship, a day after being knocked out of the Stanley Cup playoffs by the New York Rangers.
Ovechkin and Semin are expected to the Russian team before Thursday's quarterfinal action in Stockholm. Russia (6-0-0) is tied with Sweden atop the Stockholm pool at the worlds.
Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin leads the Russians with seven goals and 13 points in six round-robin games. Malkin and Alexander Perekhogin scord in a 2-0 win over the Czechs Sunday, while Konstantin Barulin made 30 saves.
Sweden also added Caps forward Nicklas Backstrom. He should be in the lineup when Sweden plays Latvia on Tuesday.