- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 11, 2014

Alex Ovechkin spent approximately two months recovering from the right knee injury he sustained in May while playing for Russia in the IIHF World Championship, he said Thursday.

The Capitals winger, speaking to local media for the first time in advance of the start of training camp next week, said that “everything’s feeling fine” and that he’s “100 percent” healthy.

“My knee doesn’t bother me, and last probably month, month and a half, do some workouts and get in shape,” Ovechkin said.

The extent of the injury was never determined, and Ovechkin didn’t share it on Thursday. In a statement released after the injury, the Capitals said Ovechkin merely “required rest,” though he told Soviet Sport, a Russian daily sports newspaper, in August that it was “a knee ligaments tear.”

Ovechkin injured the knee in a game against Germany in the preliminary round of the tournament, which was held in Belarus. He had three goals and six assists in the first six games before the injury, which happened when Ovechkin was hip-checked in the knee by German winger Marcus Kink.

He missed the final preliminary round game against Belarus, but returned for the playoff round, contributing an assist in a semifinal victory over Sweden and scoring a goal in the gold-medal victory over Finland.

“As soon as World Champions was done, like, time moved so fast,” Ovechkin said. “Right now I’m back here and we’re talking about new year, but I remember when we talked about last [year]. We didn’t make the playoff and all that kind of stuff. Time to move forward.”

• Zac Boyer can be reached at zboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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