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Finland vs. Germany Gameday -- The Olympic March Continues.

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Today's games:
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.

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The last time a German ever teamed up with a Finn.

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!