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Tuesday Caps Clips: Alex Ovechkin's Olympics

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: five Caps arrive in Sochi, but only one of them is Alex Ovechkin.

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  • Alex Ovechkin arrived in Sochi...
    • ... as the face of the games. [Globe and Mail]
    • ... under a tremendous amount of pressure. [WaPo]
    • ... at his charismatic, fun-loving best. [USA Today, AP, Sporting News]
    • ... with Sidney Crosby (because of course) and amidst much fanfare. [Sportsnet, WaPo]
    • ... jet-lagged. [ESPN]
    • ... with the most Alex Ovechkin skates ever. [WaPo, RMNB]
    • ... and looks likely to start out on a line with Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Semin. Um, wow. [PHT]
    • ... with people already wondering how this tourney will impact the hockey he still has to play once it's over. [Grantland]
    • ... and there's even more. [RMNB]
  • Before the Caps captain headed off, his coach gave him some sage words of wisdom. [NBC4]
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  • There are other Caps in Sochi receiving a bit less of the spotlight, including:
    • John Carlson, who's doing New Jersey proud... [NorthJersey]
    • ... can finally focus on the Olympics (instead of, you know, the team that will pay him $4 million this year) ... [WashTimes]
    • ... and looks to be partnered with Ryan McDonagh for now, which sounds like a terrific twosome. [@cmasisak22]
    • Nicklas Backstrom spent yesterday's practice between Daniel Sedin and Loui Eriksson, while Marcus Johansson looks he's going to have a tough time breaking into the lineup. [@HeleneStJames]
    • Martin Erat, who spoke with Mike Vogel about his season, the Olympics and his family's forthcoming addition, before heading out. [Monumental (video)]
  • Previews and Predictions:
    • The Caps make their picks and many of them apparently don't realize that a lot of State Department employees are fans of theirs and can probably make lives easy or hard. [RMNB]
    • Conventional wisdom says Group A will come down to the U.S. and Russia, while Canada should cruise in Group B and expect Sweden to do the same in Group C. [NHL.com, NHL.com, NHL.com]
  • There are (or will be) as many Caps in Turks and Caicos as there are in Russia. (How nice does that sound today?) [CSNW]
  • Shifting the focus from the Olympics back to the Caps, their task ahead is similar to that of Carolina, so take a look at the teams with whom both are fighting for playoffs spots. [Shutdown Line]
  • Speaking of that task ahead, we've been tweeting about 92 points as the magic number for a while, and that's looking like probably the minimum it'll take to get in. [CSNW]
  • Ovechkin is one of the top "Young Guns" in history, alongside guys like Crosby, Gretzky, Lemieux and Kiefer Sutherland as Doc Scurlock. [hockey-graphs]
  • Season-ticket prices are going up for most holders, and if you don't understand why, take an entry level economics class. (Also, Winter Classic.) [WaPo]
  • Caps/Pens hate extends well beyond Caps/Pens. [THW]
  • In case you forgot, the next professional hockey game played at Verizon Center won't feature the Caps. [NYT]
  • Julien Brouillette returned to Hershey with impressive stories to tell. Great stuff. [Patriot-News]
  • Checking in on prospects' prospects through January. [THW]
  • From Bobby to Alex Carpenter. [WashTimes]
  • Happy 37th birthday to Dwayne Hay, happy 60th to Brian Kinsella, and happy 66th to Lew Morrison.
  • Finally, a bit of sad news from the weekend, as the Caps' first captain, Doug Mohns, passed away. RIP, Diesel. [Boston Globe, Greatest Hockey Legends]