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Sunday Caps Clips: USA Falls to Finland; Gold Medal Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Team USA floundered in the bronze medal game and dropped a 5-0 decision to Finland, Sweden and Canada face off for gold, and Hershey takes a roadie to the Verizon Center.

Martin Rose

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Well, that was terrible. Finland hung five unanswered goals on the American squad to take bronze. [NBC-O, IIHF, NHL.com, RMNB (and gifs), Puck Daddy, THN, Sporting News (and pics)]
    • In which Ken Campbell lays it on pretty thick. [THN]
    • Yep, this team was bad... [NJ.com]
    • ... unless it wasn't... [The Detroit News]
    • ...and either it wasn't a complete bust or there's a nice pic of a numb John Carlson at the link. [NBC-O]
    • Speaking of whom, the young defenseman had a pretty good Olympic debut even with the disappointing finish. [CSNW]
    • "They look like the Russians..." is most likely not high praise, this time 'round. [Puck Daddy]
    • The fingers, they point. This one's on you, Dan Bylsma. [Puck Daddy]
  • Twelve teams entered the Olympic arena. Two still stand. The puck drops at 7am Eastern for CAN-SWE, and all the marbles. [NBC-O, NHL.com]
    • Sweden and Canada, by the numbers. [TheScore, CBC]
    • Oh hai there Tre Kronor first line centerman Henrik Sedin Henrik Zetterberg Nicklas Bäckström. [NHL.com]
    • Keys to victory. [NHL.com]
    • Five challenges for Canada. [PHT]
    • Five challenges for Sweden. [CBC]
    • The non-Olympian Caps are commanded in their true patriot love to stand on guard for O Canada. [Caps OT]
  • Good news! GM George McPhee likes his blueline. [CSNW]
  • The Caps aren't counting on Evgeny Kuznetsov to make the jump to the NHL this season... [NBC4]
  • ... possibly because he gave an interview to his Traktor website in which he basically states that he isn't. More or less. [Traktor TV, RMNB]
  • Nine players to watch on trade deadline day. [THN]
  • Down a level, the Hershey Bears' home-win streak ended with a 5-0 (ed. Really? Ugh.) loss to the Syracuse Crunch. [Patriot-News, THW]
    • Perhaps they were just looking ahead to their date with the Norfolk Admirals tonight at the Verizon Center. [Patriot-News]
    • Michael Latta is trying to work his way back to the Show. [THW]
    • Congrats are in order for former Cap and Bear Keith Aucoin, who became only the fifth man to tally 600 assists in the A. [@AHLPR]
  • Little Zach Ward had the best day ever at the Caps' Extreme Recess event. [Caps Family]
  • Finally, happy 59th birthday to Peter Scamurra and happy 48th to John Druuuuuuce.