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Monday Caps Clips: Silver Swedes

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Team Sweden takes silver, the Hershey Bears come to the Verizon Center, and oh yeah Nicklas Backstrom got suspended by the IOC for doping. Wait, what?

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  • The gold-medal game did not begin (or end) for Sweden the way they had anticipated or dreamed, but their solid play through the Olympic tournament earned them a chance to compete with Canada in the final game and they bring home well deserved silver medals. Congratulations, Tre Kronor. [RMNB]
    • Sweden will never know for sure if they might have performed just a bit better if they hadn't been deprived of the services of their first-line centerman. Nicklas Backstrom was hauled in front of the IOC's anti-doping committee about two hours before puck drop and summarily suspended for a positive test for pseudoephedrine. From his allergy meds. [Full roundup here]
    • And yes, congratulations Team Canada. [CTV]
  • The Olympics are nice and all but we've 23 more games to play. [Ted's Take]
  • Breaking news:  The Caps have yet to play their best hockey... [PHT, WashTimes]
  • ... and team management has some decisions to make. [4th Period]
  • Alex Ovechkin has a Instagram and he knows how to use it. [Caps Outsider]
  • The Hershey Bears paid a visit to the Verizon Center for the AHL Showcase game against the Syracuse Crunch. Syracuse left with a 5-2 victory and two points in the bank. [Patriot-News, SHoE]
    • Old friends Steve Oleksy and Philipp Grubauer were happy to be back, if only for one game. [Caps Outsider, RMNB]
  • Appreciating Mike Grier, who was first. []
  • Finally, happy 56th birthday to Tim Coulis and happy 28th birthday to Wojtek Wolski.