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Monday Caps Clips: Wheels Down in Sochi

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Let the Games begin as the NHL takes the 2014 Winter Olympics by storm.

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Prodigal Sasha.
Prodigal Sasha.
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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The charter jets ferrying the enhaelovskis to the XXII Olympic Winter Games have landed safely in Sochi.  [@DaveSheinin, @FriegeHNIC]
  • Of course for the planes to land, they must first have taken off. The Caps crew flew out of New Jersey on Sunday morning. [CSNW, RMNB]
  • Ev'rything's coming up Alex Ovechkin:
    • There's only one person on the planet who can describe the Olympic Village as "bomb." Oh, Alex. [@Ovi8]
    • "It's time." An excellent long-form essay/interview with the Gr8. [USA Today]
    • NBC4's Jim Handly reported from two continents for his Ovechkin piece. [NBC4 (video)]
    • If you can show steely character and wish to win an iPad, this Gillette ad is for you. [sportbox.ru]
    • Taking every game as if it's the last one. [AP]
    • Coach Oates offers some advice to his superstar.  [WaPo]
  • Here's the NHL Sochi portal for schedules, news etc... [NHL.com]
  • ... and here's the NBC Olympic portal for more of the same. [NBC]
  • The NHL coaches hope for the best for their Olympians but are more hopeful they'll have something left in the tank when they return... [CP]
  • ...such as an energized John Carlson. [WaPo]
  • For the crest on the front or the name on the back? The Olympics can divide teams - and fanbases. [WashTimes]
  • Capitals prospect defenseman Madison Bowey has already skated in Sochi with Team Canada at the U18 Championships in April 2013.  He provided his observations of his experiences there. Not mentioned in his memoirs - he scored the gold medal game-tying goal. It must have been all the Nutella. [Kelowna Now]
  • Meanwhile, back in North America, That Was The Week That Was, Volume 19. [Peerless, RMNB]
  • Patrick Wey, Casey Wellman, and Julien Brouillette were reassigned to Hershey... [Caps Today]
  • ... and played in Sunday's overtime win against the Baby Pens. Ma and Pa Brouillette made the circuit with their son. [Patriot-News, and again]
  • Finally, happy 34th birthday to Mike Ribeiro.
  • One more note: For those of you pining for NHL hockey, the first official practice at Kettler is February 19.