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Capitals Teammates John Carlson, Martin Erat Face Off in Olympic Quarterfinals

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014  |  Updated 12:12 PM EDT
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Carlson, Erat Face Off on Olympic Ice

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Following Alex Ovechkin and the Russians' elimination from the Olympic hockey tournament Wednesday, four Washington Capitals remain in the hunt for a gold medal.

Two of them -- defenseman John Carlson and forward Martin Erat -- will face each other at noon in Sochi as the second-seeded United States and the seventh-seeded Czech Republic will attempt to guarantee a shot at a medal.

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Erat has earned an Olympic medal before; in his first Olympic appearance in 2006, he played for the bronze medal-winning Czechs in Turin. Carlson is in the midst of his first Winter Games, but has international experience to fall back on; he scored the game-winning goal to lift the U.S. to a gold-medal victory in the 2010 World Junior Championships.

The winner of this game will face either Canada or Latvia in the semifinals on Friday.


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