Fresh Links: International Stage Edition

Jaromi Iginla, Milan Lucic, and Johnny Boychuk enjoy their pre-Olympic break win. - Jim Rogash

The elite of the NHL have flown to Sochi to proudly represent their countries.

In Bruins news:

  • The Bruins left off Saturday afternoon having thoroughly trounced the Ottawa Senators, 7-2. [BostonHerald]
  • Zdeno Chara spoke about growing up in the former Czechoslovakia, following in his father's footsteps to the Olympic games, and being named to carry his country's flag. [Bruins.NHL]
  • He has made quite a splash in Sochi and was immediately recognized by Canadian athletes, but Chara's size also presented a very specific problem for his hosts... [Boston.com]
  • Five Bruins, along with coach Claude Julien and GM Peter Chiarelli, are off to Sochi. Loui Eriksson (Sweden) faces teammate David Krejci (Czech Republic) first, and says a mouthguard saved his teeth on Thursday. Caution led to holding Daniel Paille out in the third period, and Adam McQuaid remains close to a return. [BostonHerald]
  • Patrice Bergeron will be posting photos of the Sochi scene for the Bruins on Instagram, here's a picture of Eriksson en route on the charter flight. [nhlbruins]
  • At the Bruins' Casino Night, we learned that Brad Marchand even chirps at the card table! [Bruins.NHL]
  • Just a reminder, AHL action continues during the Olympic break, our own Steph would like to whet your appetite! The PBruins' Alexander Khokhlachev snipes one. Koko puts P-Bruins up 3-1 in the third period on this excelle... on Twitpic

Elsewhere around the rink, mostly Olympic news:

  • Did you miss the Olympic opening ceremonies and first day or two of action? This'll get you up to speed. [Grantland]
  • Team USA women have beaten Switzerland, 9-0. [Olympics.USAHockey]
  • An overview of the NHL players' preparations, arrival in Sochi, and what to expect in the tournament. (Video, 5:41) [Sportsnet]
  • The Canadian media have found the people of Sochi delightful and hospitable, but the acommodations are a bit... Potemkin village. [OttawaCitizen]
  • Remember Canada's "Red Zeppelin?" It may be grounded, as it has been called "ambush marketing." [TheGlobeAndMail]
  • Because ‘MERICA! A profile of Nutmeg State native Max Pacioretty. [NewEnglandHockeyJournal]
  • A dapper gentleman from Budapest holds the record as the oldest Olympic hockey player. [GreatestHockeyLegends]
  • Another unlikely story of an older goalie being signed to play for the Syracuse Crunch, as injuries to both Lightning goalies required two call-ups. [TheHockeyNews]
  • Who is surprised to see which Vancouver Canuck is involved in a hair pulling incident? [PuckDaddy]
  • Here's a look behind the curtain at Hockeyfights.com, striving to document and chronicle the sweet science. [Grantland]

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