Your savory breakfast links:
● It was a good news / bad news kind of day for the Caps and Caps' prospects still playing hockey.
○ The 6-2 victory over defending champion Finland was powered by a dominant performance by Evgeni Malkin and his hat trick, but Ovechkin chipped in with a lethal snipe and a strong Hunter Hockey two-way game, including laying out to block shots when his team was already up 5-1. [RMNB]
○ Sasha Syomin went pointless, but he's still on board for upping his defensive game. [AllHockey.ru]
○ Birthday boy Kuznetsov was deployed as the thirteenth forward, which meant he had plenty of time to enjoy the action from the Russia bench. He got a little more than two minutes of ice time as the clock wound down in the third and with the outcome no longer in doubt. And guess what? He's fine with that. [AllHockey.ru]
○ Misty Peter Bondra memories as RMNB looks back at the last time Russia and Slovakia met in the gold medal game. [RMNB]
● The bad news: Back in Shawinigan, QC, Stanislav Galiev and the Saint John Sea Dogs experienced their first-ever loss in a Memorial Cup game. Frustrated by bad ice and a disciplined London Knights team, the Dogs top-six were held off the scoreboard and two of their three goals were scored while on the penalty kill. Galiev went 0-0-0, 1 hit, 1 SOG, and was on-ice for two goals against. Their next game is Monday against the WHL champion Edmonton Oil . [Station Nation, Buzzing the Net]
● Finally, happy 47th birthday, Bruce Cassidy!