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Sunday Caps Clips: T.J. Sochi

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.

Streeter Lecka

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]
    • The full video replay of the game is available here --> [CSNW]
    • And gorgeous photos available here --> [Jeff Cable Photography]
    • Now that was a hockey game. [Frankovic, PHT, CSNW, NHL.com]
    • About that whole waived-goal-because-dislodged-net controversy. [IIHF, Puck Daddy, NBC Olympics]
    • "The Americans didn’t surprise us." - Alex Ovechkin [R-Sport via RMNB]
    • Oops. Pavel Datsyuk 's opportunistic goal may have earned John Carlson a seat on the bench, and maybe even the press box. [RMNB]
  • 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.