Men's Group C: Sweden (1-0) vs. Belarus (0-1),, noon, MSNBC
Men's Group B: Czech Republic (1-0) vs. Latvia (0-1), 4:30 pm, CNBC
Men's Group C: Finland (1-0) vs. Germany (0-1), 9 pm, MSNBC
Wow -- what a crazy day yesterday. Canada gets pushed to a long shootout but wins. Russia gets pushed to a long shootout and loses. I've known this before, but the last few days have cemented it in: I love international hockey.
I mean, it's craziness -- worldwide talent has put together six legitimate powerhouses, and even with the amazingness of those superstar teams, the next tier is starting to close the gap. And while single-game format is generally a terrible way to truly determine the "best" team, it's also a terribly compelling format.
Today we'll see three teams try to go 2-0 to fully set up Super Sunday, and while I expect they all succeed, I'm quite happy to say: You never really know.
Oh, and just to be thorough, here's the Ducks blogging during the Olympics. Bobby Ryan post #1, post #2. Ryan Whitney post #1, post #2. Jonas Hiller post #1. Add any more in the comments. Other than Hiller, they're generally bland and terrible, but I guess B-Ry does offer this nugget:
One of the funniest things I’ve seen so far was a guy at our game today who grew his facial hair like Abe Lincoln. He made it on the JumboTron a few times after we scored. We don’t have a lot of support up here but that was cool to see.
Prediction: I'll be around for the noon game, and possibly the afternoon game, but I'll be watching Finland-Germany on late-night DVR. Oh, the dude with the Lincoln beard gets assassinated.
Go Finns. Suomi!