Marcus Johansson was in the Capitals locker room Thursday night, relishing a comeback victory over the Winnipeg Jets in which he set up two goals by Troy Brouwer, when he received the news that he would be an injury replacement for Henrik Sedin on the Swedish Olympic hockey team.
“It’s a great feeling,” Johansson said Friday. “It’s a dream come true. Playing for your country is pretty awesome and I’m really excited.”
Johansson quickly phoned his parents, but with little preparation time, he doesn’t think they’ll be able to make the arrangements necessary to see him play in Sochi, Russia.
“Everything happened so quick,” Johansson said. “I don’t even know how the travel will work. I have a lot to figure out before I leave. But we still have a game tomorrow and we have to be ready for that.”
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At 23, Johansson will be making his first Olympic appearance. He won a silver medal with Sweden in the 2009 World Junior Championships and a