On Sunday night, a large number of NHL stars will board NHLPA chartered flights from Russian to North America. One player who will not be on that flight is Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson.
Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson may have been devastated after Sweden’s 3-0 loss to Canada, but he accomplished a lot in his first Olympic tournament. He recorded one assist in five games and won a silver medal. That’s nothing to sneeze at. Teemu Selanne, the greatest Olympic scorer of all-time, has won three bronze medals and one solitary silver.
Johansson was one of the last players to receive his medal. He looked heartbroken as he accepted his prize from an IIHF official.
Nicky celebrates his apple. (Photo: Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images)
Washington Capitals forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson will play for a gold medal at the Sochi Olympics. Team Sweden defeated Teemu Selanne and Team Finland 2-1 early on Friday morning (our time) to earn the right. Erik Karlsson scored the game-winning goal and Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves.
While Johansson played only ten minutes and didn’t have much impact on the game, Backstrom certainly did – winning an insane 85% of his face-offs (16 of 19) and assisting on Sweden’s first goal of the night.
Backstrom and Mojo, whatta pic. (Photo: @ErikKarlsson65)
Caps Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson and the rest of Team Sweden were busy on their day off. On Monday, the players traveled to the neighboring mountains in Krasnaya Polyana to watch Sweden win the Cross-Country men’s relay.
On Friday, we were treated to amazing photos of Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson riding bicycles to their games. In suits.
Now, well, Johansson is still pedaling, but he’s also pulling Swedish goaltender and forever-Capitals-rival Henrik Lundqvist around the Olympic Village. This seems dangerous, no?
Team Sweden defenseman Erik Karlsson documented the joy ride and even chirped The King on Twitter.
Team Sweden pulled out their second straight win this morning, defeating Switzerland 1-0 on a late Daniel Alfredsson goal. That’s cool, but I can’t get past what happened before the game.
Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson rode bikes to their game at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Together. While wearing suits.
Backstrom and Johansson (middle row, center) pose for the team photo.
Unlike Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson didn’t play on Thursday. Instead, Team Sweden held practice and took their team photos.
Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn
With Swedish twin Henrik Sedin still ailing from a rib injury, Washington Capitals center Marcus Johnasson has been named to Sweden’s Olympic team as his injury replacement. According to @Rabiesmalin, Johansson was told the news through Nicklas Backstrom two hours before the Caps’ pre-game Olympic send-off ceremony with John Kerry.
This is the first time Johansson has represented his country in international competition since he was named captain of the Swedish World Junior Championship team in 2010. Johansson also played on the WJC team in 2009 and the U18 team in 2008 and 2007.
Let’s be honest, in a 2-1 shootout loss to the league’s worst team there are few good moments to focus on. But as the Washington Capitals came out for the third period tied with the Buffalo Sabres 1-1, CSN accidentally caught the most fun-loving of fun-lovingest moments on the Caps bench.
As Joe B. discussed responses to CSN’s #CapitalsTalk question of the night, jokester Jason Chimera shoved Joel Ward and then whacked him in the face.
Photo credit: Kim Klement
Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson has long struggled to be strong on the puck, but this year he has somehow become Mike Knuble incarnate along the boards and in the paint. I have no idea what changed.
During a late first period powerplay, Johansson exhibited his new grit, making Tampa pay for concentrating a wee too much on Alex Ovechkin.