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Three Capitals Set To Join Respective Nations In World Championship



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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with teammates Marcus Johansson #90 and Nicklas Backstrom #19 after Ovechkin scored a goal to give the Capitals a 3-2 lead in the third period in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    The Washington Capitals may have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs last weekend, but that will not stop some of them from playing elsewhere.

    The team announced Monday that Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom will join their respective nations at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Finland.

    Ovechkin, making his eighth appearance in the tournament, and Semin, making his third, will join Team Russia; while Backstrom will join his Swedish countrymen for the fourth time.

    The tournament runs through May 20; Russia's next game is Monday and Sweden's Tuesday.

    All World Championship action will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.

    Adam Vingan is co-founder and editor of Kings Of Leonsis, a Caps-centric blog. Follow him on Twitter @Adam_KOL and e-mail your story ideas to adamvingan (at)