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Friday Caps Clips: Pomp & Circumstance

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Gr8 bags number 40, the Secretary of State stops by the Phone Booth to check out the Team USA sweaters in person, and Marcus Johansson gets his ticket punched to Sochi.

Patrick Smith

Your savory breakfast links:

  • A bit of breaking news from the overnight hours: Marcus Johansson has been named to Team Sweden by Tre Kronor head coach Pär Mårts as injury replacement for Henrik Sedin. Congratulations Jojo! [Sydsvenskan (link in Svensk), CP]
  • The game featured a special presentation for the players headed to Sochi, with US Secretary of State John Kerry officiating the ceremonial puck drop: [Monumental video (One, Two, Recap), CSNWRMNB (and again, with interview), Caps Outsider, @JohnKerry]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's win from us (plus the night in gifs), Vogs, Monumental video (Oates, Wilson, Holtby, Brouillette, Brouwer), NHL.com, CBS Sports, WaPo, CSNW, Frankovic, Peerless, RMNB, DSP, Inside Hockey, and from the visitors' bench, the Winnipeg Sun, Arctic Ice Hockey and Winnipeg Free Press.
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • The Caps should definitely probably maybe go get themselves a goalie soon (or not), but it definitely probably maybe should or shouldn't be Ryan Miller. Because reasons. [WaPo, FTW]
  • Is the Hershey/Washington affiliation still serving both organizations well? [DSP]
  • Casey Wellman sure hopes so. [MassLive]
  • Hey everybody, we're finally here.  It's SochiTime!
    • Alex Ovechkin has a request - chill, already. [SportsMole, SportsGrid, WashTimes]
    • Yes, but how bad is bad, anyway? [Grantland]
    • Mike Wise resolves to forge ahead in the Sochi wilderness. [WaPo]
    • Hey, Mr. Snider, my cable bill is paid right up through the Olympic break.  Enough with the whining. [WaPo]
    • In case you hadn't heard, Team Russia is under a bit of pressure back home, [wherein,...] [LA Times]
    • "...the international hockey press’ interest in Capitals captain and Sochi goodwill ambassador Alex Ovechkin has increased from Unhealthy to Insatiable." [RMNB]
    • Do: Get your Olympics on, DC Russian-style. [WaPo, Daily Beast]
    • Do: Get your Olympics on, Reading Royals-style. [Puck Daddy]
    • Don't: Get your Olympics on David Poile-style. Mercy. [Puck Daddy]
  • Saying goodbye and thanks to Elliot (in the Morning) Segal, who has finally finished his apprenticeship in DC and is headed to Gotham. [Monumental (video)]
  • And finally, happy 46th birthday to Shawn Anderson, happy 44th to Denis Chasse, happy 42nd to John Slaney and happy 46th birthday to one of the greats, Peter Bondra.