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Tuesday Caps Clips: Rock Out with Your Knockout

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Olympic men's hockey tourney enters the knockout round and much more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Today is qualifying day for eight nations whose men's Olympic hockey teams look to advance to the quarterfinals:
    • Austria and Slovenia played while you were sleeping and... Slovenia won and advances to face Sweden. []
    • Next up in just a few minutes is Russia and Norway, with the winner advancing to face Finland. [ (and again), USA Today]
    • Later today (noon ET), the Czech Republic will go up against Slovakia []
    • Also at noon, it's Latvia vs. Switzerland for a chance to take a shot at beating Canada. []
  • For some reason, Russian fans are angry and protesting the correct application of a rule. [AP, R-Sport,, NBC4]
  • The game in question - with all of its political and historic story lines and its D.C.-based superstar playing for the other side - was a hot topic of conversation on Meet the Press. [DC Sports Bog]
  • Bee tee dubs, Russia might want to rock the red tonight. [Icethetics]
  • John Carlson has made The Leap. [CSNW]
  • Hugs! [Puck Daddy]
  • Adam Oates is hoping that the Olympics will re-energize his Olympians. [CSNW]
  • And the gold medal for stupid goes to... the NHL? [WashTimes]
  • What to watch for when the Caps get back to work. [Capitals Outsider]
  • From Sochi to the trading block. [NYT]
  • Michael Latta and Casey Wellman are hummin' for Hershey. [Patriot-News]
  • The whole team is playing well, in fact, and will bring their act to Verizon Center this weekend. [Dump n' Chase]
  • Finally, in a stunning development, Evgeny Kuznetsov has tweeted something about his future that tempts Caps fans to dream about what might soon be. [WaPo, RMNB]