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Daily Links for Friday, Feb. 26

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Team USA knows how to celebrate.
Team USA knows how to celebrate.

Happy Friday! The USA and Canada are both in action tonight, and are playing to get into the gold medal game, which is great, but is anybody else wondering why the US is playing at 3pm on Friday? Wouldn't this be the perfect day to shake things up and have the first game start at 6 or 7 to give everyone time to get to a bar or a buddy's house? Hmm. Plenty of links about the two powerhouses after the break, as well as the Canadian women's gold medal news and some fallout from the Russian and Swedish losses.

Today's Games:
USA vs. Finland - 3:00pm - NBC, CTV
Canada vs. Slovakia - 9:30pm - CNBC, CTV

MILLER ENJOYING THE MOMENT - Buffalo Sabres
He is leading a charmed life and just maybe on his way to spinning gold, but Ryan Miller is just enjoying the ride.

Let's give 'em something to talk about - NHL.com
A thrilling Wednesday at the Olympics have plenty of hockey conversations going on around the globe. Here are some of them.

Semifinal analysis and predictions - The Hockey News
The title says it all courtesy of Ken Campbell.

Sabres start ramping up to play again - The Buffalo News
The Sabres' one-hour practice, their first gathering since Feb. 13 because of the Olympic hiatus, went fine for the team's 18 non-Olympians. To read about Patrick Kaleta's return, click here. To read an article about Jim Corsi providing Olympic commentary for the Italians, click here.

USA-Finland Links:

Finland at United States - NHL.com
An NHL GameCenter preview.

Kane, other top scorers still need to step up for Team USA - ESPN
The United States is undefeated in the Games, but if it wants to medal here, its top scorers will need to step up. Parise got the message last game, who will it be tonight?

Parise's father offers encouragement, not advice - NHL.com
Zach Parise has quite the support system in Vancouver with his father, former NHL player J.P. Parise, on hand to provide encouragement.

All's well between Team Finland and goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff - NHL.com
Miikka Kiprusoff didn't play for Finland in the 2002 and 2006 Olympics, but he's a big part of the Finns' success this year.

Canada-Slovakia Links:

Slovakia at Canada - NHL.com
An NHL GameCenter preview from the big boss man.

Canada can't afford to overlook Slovakia - CTV
So here now is the next test for Canada's men's Olympic hockey team, facing Slovakia Friday night in the second of the two tournament semi-finals, with a berth in the gold-medal game on the line.

Team Canada advances with one of its biggest Olympic victories - ESPN
All of Canada went into a panic after its team's loss to the U.S., but with Team Canada's commanding win over Russia, those concerns have all gone away.

Everything Else:

Canada's women win third straight hockey gold medal - CTV
Led by an 18-year-old scoring phenom and a goalie most considered the No.3 just a few months ago, Canada's women skated to a confident 2-0 win over their rivals from the U.S. and won a third straight Olympic gold medal.

End of an era for Swedish hockey - NHL.com
Losing Wednesday night to Slovakia spells the end of an era in Swedish hockey, as it will probably be the last time we see the likes of Peter Forsberg, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Daniel Alfredsson in the Olympics.

Alex Ovechkin and Russia collapse mightily in Vancouver - ESPN
It wasn't supposed to turn out this way for Russia. But Alex Ovechkin & Co. now have to wait four more years to get over this latest Olympic disappointment.

Should the Russians have gone to Bryzgalov earlier? - USATODAY.com
The question that has to be asked after Russia's 7-3 loss to Canada in men's hockey is whether coach Vyacheslav Bykov was as out of sync as his players. Bykov didn't pull starting goalie Evgeni Nabokov until after he had surrendered six goals.

Video: Ovechkin takes frustrations out on fan's camera - Puck Daddy
Today is not a good day to be Alex Ovechkin, or to be someone videotaping him.