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Fresh Links: FinnTastic Edition

Tuukka Rask was not at his best, but Team Finland downed Team Austria.

Tuukka Rask and Kari Lehtonen postgame vs. Austria
Tuukka Rask and Kari Lehtonen postgame vs. Austria
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Bruins in the news:

  • The good news: Teemu Selanne 's injury was not serious, and Finland defeated Austria. The bad news: Tuukka Rask clearly missed his Bruins defensive teammates. []
  • Zdeno Chara and the Slovaks fell to Team USA, it appears the Slovaks are "aging out." [NewYorkDailyNews]
  • Loui Eriksson has bragging rights as David Krejci, Jaromir Jagr, and Team Czech Republic fell to Team Sweden. Old friend Kaspars Daugavins didn't get to pull any sick moves in Team Latvia's loss to Team Switzerland. [WEEI]
  • WOW! Look who took a big jump to #2 in the NHL power rankings just before the Olympic break, "playing arguably their best hockey of the season." [SportsIllustrated]
  • Andy Brickley believes the Bruins will deal for the right player, and will give up assets to make it happen. He also sees the World Cup as a better tournament for the NHL to showcase players on the international stage, despite the Olympic Games' appeal. [WEEI]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Travel tips: Here's a look at how players were instructed to avoid travel fatigue on their 10-hour flight to Sochi. [TheSportingNews]
  • Godspeed Doug "Diesel" Mohns, who started his NHL career in Boston,and spent 11 seasons as a Bruin. [NewYorkTimes]
  • Elliotte Friedman offers his 30 thoughts. [CBCSports]
  • The Bolshoi Ice Dome, home to the hockey events, is majestic and beautiful- have a look! [TheSportingNews]
  • Olympic hockey is intriguing, but unlike handball, it will never catch on in the United States. [TheOnion]
  • The Dutch have taken partying to a whole other level at Sochi. [Grantland]
  • The rest of the NHL is out enjoying the sun during the break, Brandon Prust and George Parros send their love. [@BrandonPrust8]
  • Help your hockey challenged friends understand hockey by watching this quick primer. (Video, 2:57) [YouTube]
  • 'Merica. This quick read will help you prepare mentally for Team USA tilts. [DrunkTankHeroes]