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Bobby Ryan celebrates after scoring the first goal of the Olympic games.
Bobby Ryan celebrates after scoring the first goal of the Olympic games.

Man, if you're going to have a random week off of work, this is the week to do it. I've watched approximately 6 hours of hockey per day over the past few, and more curling than I ever thought possible (thank you CNBC.) It continues today with another game each for the US, Canada, and Russia.

Today's Schedule:
Norway vs. USA - 3pm - USA (network)
Canada vs. Switzerland - 7:30pm - CNBC, CTV
Russia vs. Slovakia - 11:55pm - CNBC, TSN

Yesterday's Games:
Sweden beats Germany 2-0 - NHL.com

Finland defeats Belarus 5-1 - NHL.com
Czech Republic beats Slovakia 3-1 - NHL.com

Big opening win exactly what young US squad needed - ESPN
It will take a few more games to erase Team USA's miserable performance in Italy four years ago, but Tuesday's opening win was exactly what this young American squad needed. If you're reading at work, beware - a video auto-loads when you open the page.

Jochen Hecht: why was his spot on the German Olympic team ever in doubt? - Behind The Net
Why was Jochen Hecht initially left off the German Olympic roster? I don't know the answer to that question but I am happy it happened. Since that time Hecht has been good at both ends of the ice. The defensive zone was never in question but it has been nice to see him increase his production in the offensive zone.

Gold Medals and Psilence - The Goose's Roost
It's easy to pile on NBC these days, but on Tuesday night hockey fans were able to get in on the act. Are you as unsatisfied with NBC's tape-delayed Olympic coverage as Ryan is?

Olympic Men's Hockey Power Rankings - TSN
Each week, Scott Cullen produces NHL Power Rankings on TSN.ca. With the 2010 Men's Olympic Hockey Tournament upon us, here are power rankings for the teams involved,

Champs still have chomp - The Hockey News
Between the US, Russia, and host Canada, everyone seems to have forgotten about the team that won it all in 2006 - Sweden.

A look back at NHL players in the Olympics - NHL.com
Vancouver marks the fourth Winter Olympics where NHL players have participated. Here is a look back at Nagano, Salt Lake City and Torino.

Fourth-Place Medal investigates mystery of Ovechkin's skates - Fourth-Place Medal
Alex Ovechkin has some sweet custom skates for the Olympics - check 'em out here.