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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Ovi scores, Grabo assists, and Grubauer saves at the World Championship, Tyson Strachan's dogs will have their day at the ballpark, and more.

Alexander Nemenov

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  • A few World Championship updates:
    • Russia
      • Alex Ovechkin scored on the powerplay, from the Ovi spot, and Team Russia defeated Finland 4-2. [RMNB, CSNW (with more notes from Worlds)]
      • Russia takes on the Americans today, and will have to do it with a depleted squad.  They lost Andrei Loktionov in the first game with a lower body injury that ended his tournament. Artem Anisimov broke a finger against the Finns and returned to the game, but his status for today is unknown. And Vadim Shipachev will most likely sit for a least one game for a brutal hit/headshot that sent Pekka Jorkmakuu off the ice on a stretcher and into the hospital.
      • Sergei Bobrovsky has played very well for Russia but Bolts prospect goalie Andrei Vasilevski gets the net on this second game of a back-to-back.
    • Belarus
      • The home side recovered nicely from their shellacking from Team USA with a 4-1 victory over KazakhstanMikhail Grabovski had an assist on BLR's first goal, a goal that electrified the crowd.
      • Belarus is facing Switzerland today, which made it doubly awkward when the media asked BLR coach Glen Hanlon if the rumors are true that he is leaving to coach Team Suissa at the end of this tournament. He managed a very Washingtonian "I can neither confirm nor deny" statement. [Pressball.by (link in Russian)]
    • Germany
      • Philipp Grubauer outdueled Kristers Gudlevskis as he backstopped Deutchland to a 3-2 regulation win over Latvia...
      • ...while wearing his Caps helmet and a very ginger beard. [eishockey-24.de (link in German)]
      • Germany has the day off and will face Suomi on Tuesday.
    • Canada
  • Closer to home, a few more player reviews:
  • A couple more last hurrahs for departing Hershey head coach Mike Haviland. [CSNW, THW]
  • In prospect news:
    • Garrett Haar and the Portland Winterhawks overcame two three-goal deficits and earned an overtime victory against the Edmonton Oil Kings.  Game Seven, with the Dub championship and Memorial Cup berth on the line, is tonight. [WHL]
    • Zach Sanford and the Waterloo Black Hawks are now tied with the Indiana Ice one-all in the USHL best-of-five Clark Cup Finals. Game Three is on Friday at Indiana. [Union Leader]
  • Finally, Tyson Strachan received an invite from the Nationals to bring his Strachan's Strays rescue pups to the ballpark on June 1. Buy your tickets through this link and you'll be able to meet the man (and his puppies) in person! [Caps Outsider]