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Daily Links for Thursday, Feb. 25

Ryan Miller suffers yet another bout of narcolepsy while playing goal for Team USA.
Ryan Miller suffers yet another bout of narcolepsy while playing goal for Team USA.

Team USA advanced last night to the semifinal round on the shoulders of Zach Parise and Ryan Miller. Team Canada also advanced, throttling Russia in a surprising 7-3 blowout. The US plays again on Friday and there are no games today, so we'll sneak in a little Sabres news while we take a collective breath, as well as more USA and Canada links after the break.

Today's Games: The women's gold medal game is today at 6:30pm - USA vs. Canada. Read about it here and here.

Yesterday's Games:
United States shuts out Switzerland 2-0 -
Canada routs Russia 7-3 -
Slovakia upsets Sweden 4-3 -
Finland blanks Czech Republic 2-0 -

Regier keeps his eyes on Portland prospects - The Buffalo News
Darcy Regier's weekend was a relaxing one. The Sabres' GM lounged in the stands of Rochester's Blue Cross Arena, taking in two days of hockey featuring the Portland Pirates. Also, the non-Olympians on the team resumed practicing yesterday.

U.S. wounded warriors root on Team USA -
Team USA has a special group of supporters rooting them to Olympic success, American servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. To read about how Team USA is helping wounded soldiers, check out this article.

USA coming together better than expected - The Hockey News
Brian Burke and Ron Wilson should be very pleased.

USA Links:
Despite not scoring, Ryan Kesler has big impact on U.S. win -

Despite not getting a point, Ryan Kesler was a major factor in Team USA's 2-0 victory over Switzerland.

Hot goalie can't cool off USA dream - Sporting News
Not even a stellar netminder can stop Team USA.

Illogical and Heart-Felt Pride - Top Shelf
Has all the Ryan Miller talk this whole year become just another talking point? Heather has come to truly appreciate what it means to have the best goalie in the US on our team.

Canada-Russia Links:
On a rare night, Canada gathered to watch one game - CTV

Today, you can watch anything from anywhere anytime. But Wednesday's Canada-Russia game had one country gathered 'round the game as it happened.

Canadians have golden touch in demolition of Russians - Sporting News
It was viewed by some as the gold medal game -- just a couple rounds early. For Canada that just might be true. But, boy, did we get Russia wrong.

Alex Ovechkin has no answers after Canada blitzes Russia 7-3 -
Canada's intensity and physicality were on display in Wednesday night against Russia, and Alex Ovechkin was helpless to make a difference.

Everything Else:

Why the women's Olympic tourney should remain - The Hockey News
With the disparity between the US, Canada, and everyone else (remember, they outlawed hitting to physically protect other countries against those two) is the women's hockey tournament a legitimate event anymore?

A proposal for Olympic hockey reform - James Mirtle
James Mirtle asks if it's possible to improve the Olympic tournament.