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Steve Whyno covers the Washington Capitals for The Washington Times.

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San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Irwin (52), defenseman Dan Boyle (22), right wing Brent Burns (88) and goalie Antti Niemi (31), from Finland, defend on a shot by Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Thoughts and Observations: Sharks 2, Caps 1 (shootout)

I wouldn't call the Caps' dressing room upbeat after Tuesday's 2-1 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks. It wasn't exactly a party in there after a second consecutive defeat – one to a bad team and another to a really good one. But if you're the optimistic type then there were some positives to take on the flight to Pittsburgh, where Washington has the unenviable task of a back-to-back against the rested Penguins tonight.

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) skates with the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period an NHL preseason hockey game, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Caps defenseman John Carlson chosen for Team USA, Winter Olympics

Capitals defenseman John Carlson made the final roster for Team USA, which will participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month. The 25-man roster was announced following the NHL's Winter Classic on Wednesday at University of Michigan Stadium between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.