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Friday Caps Clips: Early Impact

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recapping an eventful day in Sochi for a couple of Caps, as Ovechkin and Carlson kick off their tournament with goals.

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  • Plenty of action in Sochi yesterday, as John Carlson and Team USA kicked off their tournament in style with a dominant 7-1 rout of Slovakia. [NHL.comCanada.comRMNBCBS News]
    • The team's first goal of the game - and the Olympics - came courtesy of Carlson himself, who also added an assist. He just really seems to love wearing that USA crest, doesn't he? [Caps OTCSNWNHL.comAPNJ.com (and again), Indiana IceWTHR]
    • Relive the 7 goals in 70 seconds. [NBC Olympics]
    • Things we learned from Team USA's win over Slovakia... [ESPNPuck DaddyUSoH]
    • ...and reasons to be excited about it. [NJ.com]
  • Meanwhile, the home team also opened the tournament with a win... but that 5-2 victory didn't come quite as easily against a surprisingly scrappy Slovenian team. [NHL.comPuck DaddyCBSSportsCanada.comSportsnet]
    • And just as his Caps comrade got the first goal for USA, there was Alex Ovechkin doing what Alex Ovechkin does best, with a two-point game of his own. [Caps OTCSNWNBC Olympics, Sporting NewsNESN.comAP]
    • Ovechkin readily admits that the team wasn't at its best in their tournament debut, however, as an early lead almost slipped away. Twice. [Yahoo! (and again), Chel.kpSports.ruNBC OlympicTalk]
    • Breaking down the scoring chances from Russia vs. Slovenia. Необычные статистика! [NHL Numbers]
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  • Your Day 3 schedule and open thread were up and kicking before you were. Spoiler alert: Martin Erat scored an actual goal! Into the opponent's net! With a goalie in and everything! [NHL.com]
  • Big day for both Carlson and Ovechkin. Next up for the two? A head-to-head battle tomorrow morning as the US faces Russia for the first time. [SI.comCSNW]
  • Now that all 12 teams have gotten their first Olympic action out of the way, we've learned a few things about all of them. [Sporting News]
  • Keeping health conditions of the assorted NHLers in Sochi under wraps is like something out of a Cold War-era spy flick. [Philly.comPuck Daddy]
  • Talking the Caps, the Olympics, the farm team and more in this week's Caps Hill podcast. [Capitals Hill]
  • Checking out the trends for the Caps in the week leading up to the Olympic break. [Laich the Lamp]
  • Believe it or not, the Caps could actually have Evgeny Kuznetsov play for them this season. What's that, Evgeny? Another football to kick? Sure! [Fansided]
  • Between the Olympic hockey excitement and the snow day that kept much of the area at home, a veritable army of Caps-themed snowmen cropped up around the District. [Fox DC]
  • Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Can you feel the Orlov...e? [Capitals Hill]
  • And if you're searching for a perfect Valentine's present for that special someone, this little Valentine's Day poem should point you in the right direction. You procrastinator, you. [Capitals Outsider]
  • Finally, candy hearts and flowers and birthday wishes to some Valentine's babies, as Calle Johansson turns 47 and Viktor Kozlov turns 39.