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Fresh Links: International Stage Edition

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

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

<p><b> In Bruins news: </b></p>


<li> The Bruins left off Saturday afternoon having thoroughly trounced the Ottawa Senators, 7-2. [<a href="">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> 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. [<a href="">Bruins.NHL</a>]</li>

<li> 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... [<a href=""></a>]</li>

<li> 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. [<a href="">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> 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. [<a href="">nhlbruins</a>]</li>

<li> At the Bruins' Casino Night, we learned that Brad Marchand even chirps at the card table! [<a href=";catid=1345">Bruins.NHL</a>]</li>

<li> 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. <a href="" title="Koko puts P-Bruins up 3-1 in the third period on this excelle... on Twitpic"><img src="" width="150" height="150" alt="Koko puts P-Bruins up 3-1 in the third period on this excelle... on Twitpic"></a></li>


<p><b> Elsewhere around the rink, mostly Olympic news: </b></p>


<li> Did you miss the Olympic opening ceremonies and first day or two of action? This'll get you up to speed. [<a href="">Grantland</a>]</li>

<li> Team USA women have beaten Switzerland, 9-0. [<a href="">Olympics.USAHockey</a>]</li>

<li> An overview of the NHL players' preparations, arrival in Sochi, and what to expect in the tournament. (Video, 5:41) [<a href="">Sportsnet</a>]</li>

<li> The Canadian media have found the people of Sochi delightful and hospitable, but the acommodations are a bit... Potemkin village. [<a href="">OttawaCitizen</a>]</li>

<li> Remember Canada's "Red Zeppelin?" It may be grounded, as it has been called "ambush marketing." [<a href="">TheGlobeAndMail</a>]</li>

<li> Because ‘MERICA! A profile of Nutmeg State native Max Pacioretty. [<a href="">NewEnglandHockeyJournal</a>]</li>

<li> A dapper gentleman from Budapest holds the record as the oldest Olympic hockey player. [<a href="">GreatestHockeyLegends</a>]</li>

<li> 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. [<a href=" ">TheHockeyNews</a>]</li>

<li> Who is surprised to see which Vancouver Canuck is involved in a hair pulling incident? [<a href="">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

<li> Here's a look behind the curtain at, striving to document and chronicle the sweet science. [<a href="">Grantland</a>]</li>