Hit to head costs Ovechkin a game at hockey worlds

Updated: May 6, 2007, 6:05 PM ET
Associated Press

Alexander Ovechkin
Ovechkin

MOSCOW -- Alexander Ovechkin received a one game suspension Sunday for a hit to the head of Swiss player Valentin Wirz at the world championships.

Ovechkin was ejected in the first period of Russia's 6-3 win. Wirz, who had a slight concussion, needed to be helped off the ice.

Ovechkin will miss Monday's game against Sweden. Russia already has qualified for the quarterfinals of the tournament with a 5-0 record, and the game against Sweden will help determine pairings for the quarterfinals.


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