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Monday Caps Clips: First Intermission

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Olympic men's prelims are over and the seedings settled. Russia and Czech will both play in the Qualification Round on Tuesday, while USA and Sweden await their opponents in the quarterfinals.

Richard Heathcote

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  • No men's hockey today as the preliminary round is complete and the qualification round is Tuesday, quarterfinal round on Wednesday. But the women's semifinals are today, with USA-Sweden at 7:30 (Eastern) and Canada-Switzerland at noon.
  • Bracketology 101: The brackets are set. Sweden's regulation sweep earned them the #1 seed, with USA #2, Canada #3, and Finland #4, each with a bye to the quarterfinals. Russia took the #5 seed and will have to play past #12 Norway tomorrow in order to face the Finns in the QF. The Czechs took the 7th seed and will play #10 Slovakia for the right to play in the QF vs. USA. [Puck Daddy, IIHF]
  • U-S-A! U-S-A! Phil Kessel brought the pain, and a hat trick, for a US 5-1 victory over Slovenia. [NBC Olympics, NHL.com, IIHF]
    • John Carlson saw a bit more ice time in this game. [CSNW]
    • Game photos available here (but no pix of the post-game team party.) --> [Jeff Cable Photography]
  • Shaibu Rossiya! Team Russia had Semyon Varlamov between the pipes for a one-nothing shootout shutout of Slovakia. [NBC Olympics, NHL.com, IIHF]
    • Of note - Slovakia's major pre-game prep for this match was film study of Alex Ovechkin shooting pucks. [AllHockey.ru]
    • So the Ovechkin - Evgeny Malkin - Alexander Semin line doesn't appear to be generating much traction, or goals. Maybe Coach Bill needs to make a change... but is it too late? [AllHockey.ru]
  • Heja Sverige! Team Sweden won't play hockey again 'til Wednesday, which has left them plenty of time for sightseeing and cycling. [@mjohansson90, RMNB]
  • Tommy George of Frederick, Maryland is living out his dream as an Olympic hockey linesman. [The Postgame]
  • Narratives - the song remains the same for two famous hockey players, wheresoever they may fare. [Peerless]
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • The Week That Was, Olympic Edition [Peerless]
  • It's been a monumental week for athletes based in the DMV. [Ted's Take]
  • Make it five in a row and twelve of the last fourteen for the Hershey Bears as they recorded their first chocolate-and-white W on the season at Mohegan Sun Arena. [Patriot-News, SHoE]
  • Prospect update:
  • #AskAnOtter - Andre Burakovsky likes the food at Chipotle and answers other important questions from Otters and Caps fans. [ErieHighlightReel (video)]
    • Oh, and in 44 games played, he has 31 goals and 67 points, a plus/minus rating of +31, and is only 4th on his team for scoring. [OttersHockey]
  • Riley Barber has 20 goals and 20 assists in 29 games but his Miami squad has been losing a lot and is currently dead last in the standings in the NCHC and ranked #35 in the NCAA. [NCHC]
  • Madison Bowey registered his 101st WHL point recently but has had a slow February. The Kelowna Rockets still sit atop the CHL rankings. [WHL, Regan's Rants]
  • If you have been pining for former Bears coach Mark French and are planning a trip to Croatia to see him behind the bench for the KHL Medvescak Zagreb, here's a handy guide to the experience. [Pension Plan Puppets, Medvescak (English site)]
  • Everyone who had "Brooks Laich" as the first Cap to be widely reported in the (North American) celebrity media, raise your hand. But really, you didn't. [Daily Mail, RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 57th birthday to Archie Henderson.