Caps’ Canadian contingent cheers for country over Carlson

Hockey isn’t the only sport being discussed during the Games. Curling gets a lot of talk as it is very popular in Canada. Oates said he’s enjoyed watching the endurance skiing events. But with medals so close now in hockey, it is beginning to dominate the conversation.

“I’ll watch the rest of the way,” Brouwer said. “The preliminary games are a lot of fun. But it is like the Stanley Cup playoffs. When it gets down to the last few teams, it gets more exciting.”

The Caps also have two players in Friday’s first semifinal. Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson are playing for Sweden, which takes on Finland. If they advance to a gold medal game against Canada, they can expect the full Carlson treatement from a dozen of their teammates: Play well and lose.

About the only Capital who is impartial is general manager George McPhee. He was born in Canada but quick to point out, “I have dual citizenship.

“I just want to see a good hockey game.”

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