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Wednesday Caps Clips: Quarterfinal Quest

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: All five Caps are in action as the Quarterfinal matchups get underway, why the Russians can't score and more.

Martin Rose

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Some unsurprising results - and some surprising ones - have set up the final eight teams as the quarterfinals get underway from Sochi. [APPuck Daddy, CSNW (Russia/NorwayCzech/Slovakia), RMNB]
    • You might have missed it (what were you doing, sleeping??) but in the wee hours of the morning, Sweden faced off against Slovenia and they... won 5-0 to advance. [NHL.com]
    • Meanwhile Alex Ovechkin and friends take on Finland first thing this morning after downing Norway yesterday. [NHL.com]
    • It'll be John Carlson against Martin Erat as the Czech Republic attempts to take down Team USA. [NHL.comSIUSoHCSNW]
      • The Americans will be looking for speed, speed and more speed... [NHL.com]
      • ...while the Czech Republic is just excited for a chance to knock off Team USA. Precious. [NHL.com]
    • Rounding out the quartet of games, it's Canada vs. hockey superpower... Latvia. [NHL.comESPN]
      • Juggling the ol' lines has Chris Kunitz back on a line with Sidney Crosby. Because on a team of all stars, only Kunitz can keep up with Sid. Obviously. [NHL.com]
  • Russia may have advanced to the quarterfinals, but they haven't exactly looked dominant in any of their games and are amazingly still looking for consistent offense. [SI.comNHL.comBHS]
  • Speaking of which... where have you gone, Alex Ovechkin? [PuckRant, RMNB]
  • Meanwhile Ovechkin didn't get a turn in the shootout on Saturday, which was surprising only to people who never actually watch Caps gam-...oh hi, Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon! [WaPo]
  • Since the NHL began playing in the Olympics in 1998, no team that swept the preliminary round went on to win a gold medal. So Canada, USA, Sweden... thanks for coming. [Yahoo!]
  • Five ways hockey at the 2014 Olympics has been different from NHL hockey. [BHS]
  • It's still up in the air as to whether the NHL will return to the Olympics in 2018 - and if they don't go, it could be a problem. [DSP]
  • Remember that rule that wiped Russia's go-ahead goal off the scoreboard on Saturday? Yeah, it's being changed. Better now than a week ago, right? [Puck Daddy]
  • Comparing Carolina's Justin Faulk to the rest of Team USA's defensive corps. [Shutdown Line]
  • Buy or sell that the Caps are buyers... or sellers? The Two Dudes hash it out over a couple of cold ones. [Rink]
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • As the Olympic tournament heads into the home stretch, the rest of the League is headed home, as practices officially resume today. [NHL.com]
  • The Caps have a couple of sharp-shooting defensemen on their blueline these days - but they used to have two of the best. [Hockey-Graphs]