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Sweden and Europe Clash for Right to Face Canada

Sweden and Europe tangle on Sunday afternoon in Toronto to determine which team will take on Canada in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey final

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

Hours after Team Canada vanquished Team Russia to earn a spot on the 2016 World Cup of Hockey final, Team Sweden and Team Europe hook up in a Sunday afternoon semifinal tilt to determine Canada's foe in the final. The best-of-three final begins here in Toronto on Tuesday. 

Sweden went 2-0-1 in round robin play to come out on top of Group B, while Europe went 2-1 to finish as the runner-up to Canada in Group A. 

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Marchand Tallies Two to Help Lift Canada over Russia

Marchand scores tying and go-ahead goals to propel Canada over Russia and into the final of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

Playing without the puck and withstanding barrage after barrage of quality shots in your own end of the rink is rarely a sound strategy in ice hockey. But if your team has a transcendent or hot goaltender and the opposition has more diversity and firepower than you believe you can possibly handle, it's a strategy that can sometimes win you one game. 

One game is all Russia needed to win. 
 

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Saturday Night Special

Datsyuk's availability still in question as Russia looks to upset Canada in World Cup of Hockey semifinal game on Saturday night in Toronto

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

Saturday's World Cup of Hockey semifinal pitting Russia against Canada is a best of one. Win, and you move on to the final. Lose, and you head back to training camp with your NHL team. If you want to think of it as a Game 7, you can do that. 

"I guess that's how we're going to play it for sure," says Team Canada defenseman Drew Doughty. "We know we've got to win this one or else we're going home, and no one wants to go home. We want to obviously win this tournament overall, and it starts tonight with a big win over Russia."  

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Canada and Russia set to Renew Rivalry

The two longtime international rivals square off on Saturday night in World Cup of Hockey semifinal match

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

While their Washington Capitals teammates open up 2016 training camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex back in Arlington on Friday, half a dozen Caps players remain with their respective teams in Toronto at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Caps coach Barry Trotz - an assistant coach for the Team Canada squad - also remains here in Toronto while associate coach Todd Reirden and the rest of the Washington coaching staff puts the team through its paces back in Arlington.

The preliminary round of the World Cup is over; the field has been whittled from eight teams to four. Team Russia (with Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Alex Ovechkin) faces Team Canada (with Braden Holtby) on Saturday night in the first of the two semifinal games, and Team Sweden (with Nicklas Backstrom) faces Team Europe (and Philipp Grubauer) on Sunday afternoon.

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Russia Blanks Finland to Advance to Semifinals

Bobrovsky makes 21 stops to enable Team Russia to earn a Saturday night date against Team Canada in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey semifinals

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

On this side of the planet, it's rarely much of a leap to see Russia as a villain. And with the hockey world having fallen head over heels for the upstart Team North America, Russia stepped once again into the role of villain on Thursday afternoon at Air Canada Centre.

The only way hockey fans would see the North American squad take the ice again in this tournament was if Team Finland could knock off the Russians in the final round-robin game for both teams. A Team Russia victory would sound the death knell - perhaps forever - for the exciting and endearing Team North America entry. 

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Youth Prevails in Game for the Ages

MacKinnon's overtime tally enables North America to overcome Sweden and elimination in a remarkable and memorable World Cup thriller

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

Youth isn't always wasted on the young.

Team North America, a temporarily cobbled together group of young upstarts with the common traits of wheels, talent, birthdates in the last 23 years and birthplaces on this continent, had already seized the spotlight at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey before Wednesday afternoon's unforgettable game against Team Sweden. But when Nathan MacKinnon delivered a 4-3 victory with his dazzling deke and top shelf backhand shot in the final minute of overtime, the North Americans remained alive in the tournament. 

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Capitals Re-sign Dmitry Orlov

The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Dmitry Orlov to a one-year, $2.57 million contract

by Washington Capitals @Capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Dmitry Orlov to a one-year, $2.57 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

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Capitals Announce Training Camp Schedule and Roster

The Washington Capitals will begin their 2016-17 Training Camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Friday, Sept. 23.

by Washington Capitals @Capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals will begin their 2016-17 Training Camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Friday, Sept. 23, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. 

Training camp will last 19 days with the NHL regular season beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Washington will open the 2016-17 regular season against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, Oct. 13 at CONSOL Energy Center. This marks the Capitals' 10th training camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the Metro-accessible, inside-the-Beltway practice facility that features two NHL-sized rinks. All on-ice sessions, like every Capitals practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, will be open to the public and free of charge. 

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Caps Draw a Blank in Tourney Finale

A 7-0 shutout loss at the hands of the Nashville Predators sends Caps propects home from 2016 Florida rookie tournament empty-handed

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

For the Washington Capitals, the 2016 Florida rookie tournament started well enough. The Caps took an early 2-0 lead in their first game of the tourney, a Saturday afternoon tilt against the Tampa Bay Lightning. But after dropping a 7-6 decision to the Bolts and then falling 5-2 to Florida on Sunday, Washington came into today's tourney finale against Nashville seeking to salvage a win.

It didn't happen. In fact, those first five minutes of the tourney turned out to be the high water mark for Washington. 

The Caps dug a three-goal hole for themselves in the first period of Tuesday morning's game against Nashville, and they ended up on the wrong end of a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of the Predators. Washington heads home at 0-3 for the tourney, and it was outscored 19-8 in the three games.

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Capitals Takeover Nando's PERi-PERi

Capitals takeover of Nando's PERi-PERi in Arlington, Va., raised $8,812.27.

by Washington Capitals @Capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Sept. 17 Capitals takeover of Nando's PERi-PERi in Arlington, Va., raised $8,812.27 for Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. 

Washington Capitals players Lars Eller, Stanislav Galiev, Nate Schmidt and Tom Wilson provided service at the Ballston restaurant throughout the day. All sales within the 11 a.m.-9 p.m. time frame benefitted Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. 

Eller, Galiev, Schmidt and Wilson shadowed employees and greeted guests, helped take orders at cash registers and delivered food to tables. 

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