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Marty Erat, a two-time Olympian, wanted one last chance to play for the Czech Olympic team.

Marcus Johansson wanted his first crack at the Swedish Olympic team.

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The Capitals have lost seven of their last nine games and could be out of a playoff spot by the time they play again Thursday night in TampaBay.

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After making him a healthy scratch the past 17 games, the Caps have placed defenseman Alex Urbom on waivers, apparently with the intent of calling up another defenseman from the Hershey Bears.

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Alex Ovechkin has shot TV commercials to promote it. He traveled all the way to Olympia, Greece to carry an Olympic torch for it.

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It looks as though the Capitals will have three players heading to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month.

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