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It is do or die for Team USA women against Team Canada today.

USA! USA! USA!
USA! USA! USA!
Bruce Bennett

In Bruins news...

  • The Russian loss to the Finns was a failure of star players to play as a team. And then there was Tuukka Rask, "who stalks your freshest playoff nightmares." [Post-Gazette]
  • Meanwhile, back at the ranch... the Bruins have resumed practicing. Adam McQuaid participated, and Craig Cunningham and Alexander Khokhlachev have been called up from Providence. [NESN]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Many NHLers will be facing teammates as opponents at Sochi. According to David Backes,"...maybe it takes a cold beverage and someone’s got to buy dinner, but we’ll smooth that out afterwards.” [LATimes]
  • It will all come down to green... NHL owners will only back sending players to the Olympics for one reason. The injury to John Tavares highlights the costs. [Boston.com]
  • The Team USA women have been counting the days to this Olympic rematch with Team Canada. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • It has been five years since the Albany River Rats' bus crashed en route to a game in Lowell, MA. [GoCheckers]
  • Meet the Goalie Whisperer, Urpo Ylönen, who has turned Finland into a goaltending powerhouse. [TheAtlantic]
  • Here are seven thoughts from the Canada/Latvia game. [BackhandShelf]
  • Katie Baker explains it all for you: Sochi mailbag! [Grantland]
  • Come on, REALLY? A fan in Sochi appeared in blackface, wearing a P.K. Subban jersey. [TorontoSun]