Alexander Ovechkin to lead Russia in Sochi

Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin skates during warmups

Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin skates during warmups before a game against the Islanders. (Nov. 5, 2013) (Credit: AP)

MOSCOW -- Washington Capitals center Alex Ovechkin will lead Russia's hockey team at the Sochi Olympics, as the host country looks to avoid a repeat of its poor performance at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nikolai Kulemin of the Toronto Maple Leafs were among 15 NHL players named Tuesday to Russia's 25-man roster.

Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Colorado Avalanche's Semyon Varlamov and Alexander Yeryomenko of the KHL's Dinamo Moscow will contend for the goaltender spot.

Edmonton defenseman Anton Belov, Slava Voynov of the Los Angeles Kings and two Montreal Canadiens defensemen -- Alexei Emelin and Andrei Markov -- are also on the list, which includes former NHL players Alexander Radulov and Ilya Kovalchuk.

Russia was knocked out in the quarterfinals in Vancouver in 2010.

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