Capitals Insider: Olympics


Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 02/23/2014

Should NHL players continue to participate in the Olympics?

The debate on whether NHL players should continue playing in the Olympics is at full steam.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:07 PM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gary Bettman, George McPhee, Olympics, Pyeongchang 2018, Sochi 2014

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 01/20/2014

Alex Ovechkin appears on ‘Today Show’

Ovechkin tells Today Show that Sochi ‘won’t be dangerous.’

By Chelsea Janes  |  12:51 PM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Sochi Olympics

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 12/30/2013

Alex Ovechkin expresses sympathy for Russian bombing victims

The star winger remains confident that Russia will be able to safeguard the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:20 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Olympics, Sochi 2014

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 09/26/2013

Alex Ovechkin to be first Russian Olympic torchbearer (updated)

Caps captain Alex Ovechkin will be the first Russian torchbearer for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:01 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Olympics, Sochi 2014

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 07/22/2013

Holtby, Green, Alzner invited to Canada's Olympic camp; Carlson, to U.S. camp; Ovechkin, Kuznetsov among Russia invitees

Three Caps are among the 47 invitees to Hockey Canada's orientation camp ahead of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  02:28 PM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Braden Holtby, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Karl Alzner, Marcus Johansson, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Olympics, Sochi 2014, USA Hockey

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 07/19/2013

NHL players will participate in 2014 Sochi Olympics

It's official: NHL players will participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:22 PM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Olympics, Sochi 2014

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos on why NHL players should participate in the Olympics

Comments from Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman and Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos on why NHLers should take part in the Olympics.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:42 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom Steve Yzerman, Olympics, Sochi 2014, Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 02/14/2013

Adam Oates doesn't think NHL players should participate in Olympics

Caps Coach Adam Oates says he doesn't think NHL players should be allowed to take part in the Olympics.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:09 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Olympics, Sochi 2014

Posted at 07:14 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Ted Leonsis will allow Alex Ovechkin go to 2014 Sochi Olympics

Ted Leonsis's full comments on whether the NHL should allow players to take part in the Olympics.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:14 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Olympics, Ted Leonsis

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 07/30/2012

Alex Ovechkin in London for 2012 Olympics

Alex Ovechkin visits the 2012 London Olympics to support his girlfriend, Maria Kirilenko. He documents his trip on Twitter.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:52 AM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Washington Capitals, Alex Ovechkin, 2012 Olympics

Posted at 10:03 PM ET, 02/28/2010

Alex Ovechkin stays in Vancouver for Sochi handoff

(Jae C. Hong/AP) Caps star Alex Ovechkin, hockey legend Vladislav Tretiak and figure skater Evgeni Plushenko were among those who represented Russia in the Vancouver Games' Closing Ceremony tonight. Ovechkin and his countrymen, wearing jackets with the phrase "See you in Sochi" emblazoned on the back, stood with young...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  10:03 PM ET, 02/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Olympics

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 02/28/2010

Crosby scores to help Canada edge USA for gold

(Jamie Squire/Getty Images) From the AP, for now: Canada beat the United States, 3-2, on Sunday to win the Olympic gold medal in its national sport of hockey, with Sidney Crosby scoring the winning goal 7:40 into overtime. The gold medal was Canada's 14th, breaking the record for most...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  05:58 PM ET, 02/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics

Posted at 08:52 PM ET, 02/26/2010

Team USA has Canada's fans seething red

(Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Canadian fans hoping to see the United States lose to Finland were reduced to stunned silence as the Americans rolled to a 6-1 victory and advanced to Sunday's gold medal game. Columnist Tracee Hamilton writes: VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The Canadians have been a happy folk for...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  08:52 PM ET, 02/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 02/26/2010

Spirited rout of Finland lands USA in Olympic hockey gold medal game

(Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) With a convincing 6-1 victory over Finland in the men's hockey semifinal, Team USA can rest assured it will bring home at least the silver despite rarely entering the medal conversation before these Games began. From the AP: The United States is on its way to...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  05:21 PM ET, 02/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics

Posted at 07:22 PM ET, 02/25/2010

Igor Larionov on Russia's loss, Canada's strength

Here's another hockey update from Sport-Express' Slava Malamud, who will be blogging for us throughout the Games: There aren't many people in Russian hockey as respected and as well-versed in both the NHL and the KHL as Igor "The Professor" Larionov, a Hall of Famer and the pivot of the...

By Slava Malamud  |  07:22 PM ET, 02/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Detroit Red Wings, Olympics

Posted at 05:43 AM ET, 02/25/2010

Olympic roundup: U.S. advances; Russia falls

(Julie Jacobson/AP) Some morning links: *Alex Ovechkin: "The will be a lot of dirt poured on us from the media and from people who don't know anything about hockey. But to the people who support and love us, I would like to say that we tried our best." (Heavy...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  05:43 AM ET, 02/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom, Olympics, Semyon Varlamov, Tomas Fleischmann

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 02/24/2010

Parise scores twice to send Team USA into semis

(Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Zach Parise scored twice in the third period, and the top-seeded U.S. men's hockey team reached the Olympic semifinals with a tense 2-0 victory over Switzerland. VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Only one goal dribbled past Swiss goalie Jonas Hiller Wednesday at Canada Hockey Place, but for the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  05:35 PM ET, 02/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 02/21/2010

In-game chat: USA-Canada

Join us at 7:30 for Part II of the Olympic hockey chat, hosted by staff writers Tarik El-Bashir and Gene Wang and Japers' Rink's Jon Press. Olympic hockey: USA-Canada...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  05:40 PM ET, 02/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 02/21/2010

Russia beats Czech Republic, 4-2

(AP/Gene J. Puskar) From the AP: Evgeni Malkin scored twice and Russia bounced back from a shootout loss to Slovakia, beating the Czech Republic 4-2 Sunday to reach the Olympic hockey quarterfinals. In a rematch of the 1998 Olympic gold-medal game, won 1-0 by the Czechs, Russia scored in...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  05:19 PM ET, 02/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Olympics

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 02/21/2010

In-game chat: Russia-Czech Republic

When Russia and the Czech Republic face off Sunday, Caps beat writer Tarik El-Bashir, hockey editor Lindsay Applebaum and Jon Press of JapersRink.com will be chatting live right here on the Insider. Sign up for a reminder below, and then come back a little before 3 p.m. to join the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  02:42 PM ET, 02/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics

Posted at 07:05 PM ET, 02/20/2010

Ovechkin, Malkin and Semin make up Team Russia's new top line

From Slava Malamud on Heavy Medal: Saturday afternoon's Team Russia practice featured a switch-around in the top two lines, with Pavel Datsyuk moving to pivot Ilya Kovalchuk and Maxim Afinogenov. This means that Evgeni Malkin will take his place on the top line, setting up the long-anticipated partnership between the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  07:05 PM ET, 02/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Olympics, Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted at 02:51 AM ET, 02/19/2010

Slovakia outlasts Ovechkin, Russia in shootout

(Shaun Best/Reuters) From the AP: Pavol Demitra scored on Slovakia's seventh attempt in a shootout and Jaroslav Halak made some big saves, lifting the Slovaks to a 2-1 win over Russia on Thursday night in a thriller at the Vancouver Games. Two-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin scored on one...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  02:51 AM ET, 02/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Olympics, Semyon Varlamov

Posted at 10:14 PM ET, 02/18/2010

Sidney Crosby's shootout goal saves a nation

(Getty Images) ...okay, maybe the headline's a little dramatic. But just imagine if Canada hadn't pulled out a shootout victory against the Swiss. From the AP: Sidney Crosby scored the only goal of a shootout in which an entire nation of nervous Canadians hung on every shot, giving Canada...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  10:14 PM ET, 02/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics

Posted at 02:29 AM ET, 02/18/2010

Jagr, Czechs beat Slovakia in Olympic opener

(Chris Bouroncle/Getty Images) Yes, Caps fans, Jaromir Jagr's name is in the headline, because he played a key role in the Czech Republic's opening win. From the AP: Jaromir Jagr, out of the NHL for two years and now a role player rather than one of hockey's big names,...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  02:29 AM ET, 02/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, Tomas Fleischmann

Posted at 10:25 PM ET, 02/17/2010

Defending champ Sweden blanks Germany

Germany's Dennis Seidenberg is caught between Sweden's Nicklas Backstrom and Loui Eriksson during the second period. (Julie Jacobson/AP) From the AP: Mattias Ohlund and Loui Eriksson scored in the second period Wednesday night, helping defending Olympic champion Sweden shake off a slow start to beat Germany 2-0. The Swedes...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  10:25 PM ET, 02/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nicklas Backstrom, Olympics

Posted at 02:25 AM ET, 02/17/2010

Alex Ovechkin, Russia breeze past Latvia

Alex Ovechkin celebrates his first-period goal against Latvia with teammates Alexander Semin and Pavel Datsyuk. (Reuters) Alex Ovechkin scored twice and the Caps- wait, no -- the Russians, easily beat Latvia, 8-2, to win their Olympic opener. Here's a recap from the AP: Alex Ovechkin scored two goals as...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  02:25 AM ET, 02/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Olympics

Posted at 10:08 PM ET, 02/16/2010

Canada wears out Norway in opener

(Hans Deryk/Reuters) From the Associated Press: Jarome Iginla and Dany Heatley scored twice and heavily favored Canada overcame some early nervousness and a scoreless first period to roll over Norway, 8-0, in its highly anticipated Olympic hockey opener Tuesday. The Canadians are so deep and balanced that 15 players...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  10:08 PM ET, 02/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 02/16/2010

Miller helps USA to Olympic opening win over Switzerland

(Julie Jacobson/AP) From Post staff writer Barry Svrluga in Vancouver: The American men's hockey team opened the Olympics with about as strong a performance as could be expected, a 3-1 victory over Switzerland that featured a splendid performance from goaltender Ryan Miller -- the U.S.'s best hope to lead...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  05:27 PM ET, 02/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics

Posted at 07:42 PM ET, 02/15/2010

Alex Ovechkin's skates

After Team Russia's practice yesterday, Alex Ovechkin told reporters he had something cool in store for his Olympic footwear. "I will have a twist of my own," he said when asked if his skates would be red, as Caps teammate Tomas Fleischmann had suggested. "It's a secret. You will see...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  07:42 PM ET, 02/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Olympics

Posted at 07:43 AM ET, 02/15/2010

Ovechkin, Semin, Varlamov attend Russia's first practice at Canada Hockey Place

Alexes Ovechkin and Semin flank ex-teammate Sergei Fedorov. (Photo by Slava Malamud) Team Russia held its first practice yesterday at Canada Hockey Place, and Sport-Express' Slava Malamud chatted with the Caps contingent afterward. Here's a sample of what they had to say: Alex Ovechkin on the media scrum around...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  07:43 AM ET, 02/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Olympics, Semyon Varlamov

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 12/30/2009

Green: 'I really wanted to be a part of that team'

While he's disappointed to have missed the cut for Team Canada, Caps defenseman Mike Green says he won't allow the letdown to derail him. "I always feel like when things don't go well, or people have their own opinions of you, you strive to prove them wrong," Green told reporters...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  05:44 PM ET, 12/30/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mike Green, Olympics

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 12/30/2009

Fleischmann named to Czech Republic's roster

(John McDonnell/The Washinton Post) It's no surprise to anyone who's seen Tomas Fleischmann play this year that the 25-year-old Caps forward will represent his country in Vancouver: When the Czechs take the ice in Vancouver, opposing nations will want to pay strict attention to the team's forwards, who are...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  09:32 AM ET, 12/30/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Olympics, Tomas Fleischmann

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 12/18/2009

Theodore to start vs. Vancouver

Jose Theodore is expected to start in net tonight at GM Place as the Caps go for their second straight win and ninth in 11 games. The Canucks are expected to start Roberto Luongo. Coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn't divulge his lines and pairings, but I think it's safe to say...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  04:09 PM ET, 12/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Canucks, Olympics