In a span of three days the Capitals’ Olympic contingent has grown from three to five.
Capitals center/left wing Marcus Johansson learned today that he’s been added to the Swedish Olympic team as an injury replacement for Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin, who will miss the Olympics with a rib injury.
Johansson, 23, will be making his first Olympic appearance and will join Capitals teammate Nicklas Backstrom, who will be making his second appearance.
John Carlson [United States], Martin Erat [Czech Republic] and Alex Ovechkin [Russia] also will be representing their countries n Sochi.
Johansson represented Sweden at the 2009 and 2010 World Junior Championships and was captain of the Swedish team in 2010. In 11 career games at the World Junior Championship, Johansson recorded three goals and five assists.
He won a silver medal with Sweden in 2009 and a bronze medal in 2010.
Johansson has seven goals and 29 assists in 58 games with the Capitals this season.
The Landskrona, Sweden, native has tallied 131 points [40 goals, 91 assists] in 241 career NHL games.
Practice notes: Caps right wing Joel Ward was excused from Friday's practice for family/personal reasons. Mikhail Grabovski [left ankle] practiced with the club for the first time since he was injured on Jan. 24 in New Jersey. ... Defensemen Mike Green [concussion] and JackHillen [broken leg] also practiced.