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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's overtime loss to Carolina, celebrating Carlson's Olympic roster spot, mourning Team USA's WJC loss and more.

Rob Carr

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  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's overtime loss from us (with quotes and the night in GIFs), Vogs, Monumental video (OatesOvechkinBrouwerLaich), NHL.comAPWaPoCSNWFrankovic, Peerless, DSPF Street FaithfulRMNB, and from down south, Raleigh News-Observer and Canes Country.
    • One major problem for the Caps in last night's game has been a problem throughout the recent skid, and for most of the season - their penchant for giving up quick-strike goals. [WaPoWashTimesCSNW]
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • We've looked at Corsi-optimized lines for the Caps once before; now as we hit the halfway point, an updated look. [Rink]
  • The story of the past year continued, as only Peerless can tell it. [Rink]
  • News and notes from yesterday's practice out at Kettler: 
    • In general. [Monumental video (OatesOvechkinLaichRinkside Update/Ovechkin)
    • As his top line has suddenly gone cold, Adam Oates made a few tweaks to his forwards, splitting up the dynamic duo of Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom... [WaPo]
    • ...and got Brooks Laich, who says he's "ready for the long haul, back in the lineup. For now. Stay tuned. [CSNW]
    • Meanwhile in net, the Caps went back to Philipp Grubauer last night, as the rookie goaltender made his ninth start of the season. [WaPoCSNWWNST]
  • With the first half of the season in the books, the Caps have shown themselves to be firmly... mediocre. Hooray! [WaPo]
  • Reflecting on New Year's Day at the Big House, and looking ahead to upcoming Winter Classics...which will not take place at Camden Yards, so drop it already. [WaPoPuck DaddySI.comWNSTSporting News]
  • Talkin' the Americans headed to Sochi next month:
    • A fascinating peek behind the curtain at what went into selecting the Olympic roster for the powers that be... [ESPN]
    • ...and looking at the winners and losers from the roster announcement. [ESPN($)]
    • 34 years after a team of American underdogs captured gold in Lake Placid, Team USA is headed to the Olympics as anything but underdogs. [WashTimes (McNally)]
    • One key to John Carlson's name being added to the list? His prowess on the penalty kill. [Dump 'n Chase]
    • Hearing his name announced on New Year's Day kicked off a 24-hour whirlwind of celebration around the District. After all, he's the Real American Hero. [Monumental videoCapitals VoiceWaPoPatriot-News]
    • So which of his teammates could also be Sochi-bound? [WashTimes]
  • In slightly less cheery Team USA news, yesterday marked the end of the road for the American boys at the WJC as they fell to Russia in the quarterfinals. Go Sweden. [USoHSI.comTHWCaps Outsider]
  • Down on the farm:
    • Meet Philipp Grubauer's Hershey bobblehead... which hopefully can stop a few pucks, because they don't seem to be getting the real thing back anytime soon. [Patriot-News]
    • Some of the Hershey Bears went temporarily insane participated in the 2014 Penguin Plunge, subjecting themselves to frostbite and other fun side effects for a good cause. [Patriot-NewsSHOE]
  • Shocks, stars and trends of 2013 from a fantasy hockey perspective. [Puck Daddy]
  • Ovechkin criticizes his own plus-minus rating. Related, dozens of stat geeks just started twitching and they don't know why. [RMNB]
  • Ten reasons to be positive about DC sports in 2014. Ten! They found ten whole reasons! [WaPo]
  • Resolutions for all 30 teams as 2014 gets underway. What could possibly go wrong with becoming even more reliant on the power play?? [NY Post]
  • Finally, happy 45th birthday to Steve Poapst and happy 40th to Stefan Ustorf.