Sunday Caps Clips: T.J. Sochi

Streeter Lecka

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: TJ Oshie wins at life and hockey shootouts, Team Sweden sweeps Group C, Jonas Hiller pitches another shutout for the Swiss, and here come the Hershey Bears.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Seedology 101: Today marks the final day in the preliminary round, with the final group rankings determined at the end of the CAN-FIN game. Here’s a guide to the next round of Olympic hockey from a couple of Nashville hockey bloggers. [Talking Puck]
  • U-S-A! U-S-A! T.J. Oshie's splendid silken mitts in the shootout iced a 3-2 United States victory over Russia. [NBC Olympics, NHL.com, IIHF, St. Louis Game Time]
  • Heja Sverige! Team Sweden completed its sweep of Group C with a 5-3 victory over Latvia. [NBC Olympics, NHL.com, IIHF]
    • Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson each notched an assist on the day. [IIHF, CSNW]
    • Something about Erik Karlsson makes Caps players get all huggy and cuddlebug-y. [RMNB]
    • Tre Kronor has punched its ticket to the quarterfinals and gets a couple extra days of rest as well.
  • Team Czech Republic could not solve Swiss goaler Jonas Hiller and Suissa only needed one goal from Simon Bodemann for the victory. [NBC Olympics, IIHF]
  • And Martin Erat watched much of the game from the bench. [CSNW]
  • Ovi brought NBC reporter Kevin Taylor to Mari Vanna for a chat and some borscht before leaving for the 'Lympics. [NBC Olympics (video)]
  • Closer to home, the Hershey Bears rolled over the Penguins of Wilkes Barre-Scranton 5-4, and swiped their second-place spot in the East Division standings for good measure. Oh, and Philipp Grubauer is 7-1 in his last eight starts. [Patriot-News, SHoE]
  • The Reading Royals announced they have a new owner, a local businessman who bought the team specifically to keep them in Reading. [Reading Eagle, BCTV, Royals Hockey]
  • And finally, happy 38th birthday to Colin Forbes and happy 58th birthday to Paul Nicholson.

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