Three Capitals Advance To Olympic Semifinals
Posted on February 19, 2014
by Ken Maguire
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin's dream of winning
Olympic gold in Sochi, Russia, came to a disastrous and early end when Finland defeated Russia, 3-1, during a quarterfinal game
The Capitals will get their captain back sooner than
expected, but may have to deal with an emotionally drained Ovechkin, who was
slow to rebound after the Russians were eliminated without a medal from the
2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Ovechkin was the face of the Olympics in Russia, but
will again be answering questions about Olympic disappointment, just as he has
with the Capitals' playoff failures.
took an early lead on Ilya Kovalchuk's goal, but former Capitals goalie Semyon
Varlamov allowed a goal less than 90 seconds later to quiet the home crowd.
Ovechkin had three shots on goal during 18:30 of ice time.
five games, Ovechkin had one goal and one assist. Both points came during Russia's first game, a 5-2 victory against Slovenia Feb.
Ovechkin, the NHL's leading goal scorer, went without a
point during Russia's
past four games. He had 20 total shots on goal during those four games.
Meanwhile, Capitals John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom and
Marcus Johansson are still playing.
Carlson and the United States
beat the Czech Republic, 5-2, during a quarterfinal
game Feb. 19. That means Martin Erat, the fifth Capitals player on an Olympic
squad, is headed back to Washington,
D.C. Carlson got 9:13 of ice time during the victory.
The tournament's four remaining teams play during the
semifinals Feb. 21.
The United States
will play Canada, while Sweden will take on Finland. The gold-medal game will
be Feb. 23.
5-0, Feb. 19 to advance to the semifinals. Backstrom had an assist on Loui
Eriksson's third-period goal, which increased Sweden's lead to 3-0.
Johansson had 15:29 of ice time and was whistled for
slashing during the third period.
The Capitals returned to practice sessions Feb. 19 and their
next game will be Feb. 27 at the Florida Panthers.
February 19, 2014
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