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Daily Links for Wednesday, Feb. 24

Team USA returns to the ice today and Canada faces Russia in the biggest hockey day of the Olympics so far.
Team USA returns to the ice today and Canada faces Russia in the biggest hockey day of the Olympics so far.

It's another great day for hockey, with the USA playing Switzerland and a powerhouse battle of Canada vs. Russia. Sorry that the Links are a bit late today, but I hope I've made up for it by including so many links after the break we had to split them up by category. Have fun watching the games today, and go USA!

Today's Schedule:

United States vs. Switzerland - 3:00pm - NBC
Canada vs. Russia - 7:30pm - CNBC, CTV
Czech Republic vs. Finland - 10:00pm - CNBC, TSN
Slovakia vs. Sweden - 11:55pm - CNBC, CTV

Yesterday's Results:
Canada routs Germany 8-2 -
Switzerland beats Belarus 3-2 in SO -
Slovakia edges out Norway 4-3 -
Czech Republic survives 3-2 in OT-

Swiss believe pressure has shifted to USA -
While Team USA came into the Olympics playing the underdog card, they’re clearly the favorites Wednesday against Switzerland.

Team USA pulls off upset, but knows it has accomplished nothing yet - ESPN
Team USA's win over Canada was nothing short of an upset, but the Americans know they've accomplished nothing yet at the Olympics.

Crosby/Ovechkin rivalry about to reach new heights - TSN
After seeing Alex Ovechkin flatten Czech legend Jaromir Jagr in a preliminary round game, Canada's Sidney Crosby expects his rivalry with the Russian star to get physical in a Wednesday quarter-final.

USA-Switzerland Links:

Chris Drury comes up big again for Team USA -
Chris Drury added another cluch moment to his stellar career by coming up big once again for Team USA in their 5-3 victory over Canada.

Message to Americans: Team USA hasn't won anything yet - The Hockey News
Craig Custance says it's time for players like Paul Stastny, Phil Kessel, Zach Parise, and Patrick Kane to start scoring the big goals they were brought here to score.

Here are 10 things we learned from Team USA's victory over Canada in hockey - ESPN
When the U.S. pulled off the "Miracle on Ice" 30 years ago, it supposedly taught us that the American way of life was better than the Soviet way of life. So what did we learn from Team USA's 5-3 win over Canada?

Swiss lack skill, but not swagger heading into U.S. matchup - Sporting News
Swiss coach Ralph Krueger has no idea whether his team can defeat Team USA in the semifinals of the Olympic tournament, but his team goes into the game without the fear of failure and without the burden of expectations.

Canada-Russia Links:

Roberto Luongo carries Canada’s hopes on his back -
Roberto Luongo helped Canada win its first elimination game of the Olympics and will be back in net Wednesday.

Canada's best bet to match Russia's firepower - Sporting News
Ken Campbell claims that the best defense for Canada is a good offense.

Five reasons why Canada will defeat the Russians - Puck Daddy
Wysh gives us his reasons for Canadian victory.

Sid vs. Ovie: The rivalry goes global - Sporting News
An article on the two superstars, as well as a few other tidbits about the game.

Everything Else:

Hossa: 'Everyone has to be much better' -
Norway wasn't supposed to put this kind of a scare into Slovakia, and Marian Hossa is worried.

Keep it or Leave it? - Sabre Noise
Tim over at Sabre Noise gives us a few of the Olympic/International rules that the NHL should consider keeping in their game or keeping out of their game.

Ranking the Olympic jerseys - The Hockey News
Now that you've had a chance to see every team in action, whose unis are your favorites?