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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Today in Olympic hockey: Switzerland vs. USA (3:00p Eastern, NBC), Canada vs. Russia (7:30p Eastern, CNBC), Czech Republic vs. Finland (10:00p Eastern, CNBC), Slovakia vs. Sweden (11:55p Eastern, CNBC)
  • This seems like a good spot to remind you to be checking our "What We're Reading" widget (in the left sidebar on the site's front page and in the right sidebar of interior pages) throughout the day for links to coverage leading up to and after today's big games.
  • Hey, guess who's the focus of tonight's prime time game? [CTV, ESPN, Sporting News, SI, AFP]
  • Vladislav Tretiak provides some bulletin board material: "Luongo, as far as I know, isn't really a clutch goalie. He is a good goalie, but not at the deciding moments." [Heavy Medal]
  • Alex Ovechkin wasn't surprised that the U.S. beat Canada... [NHL.com]
  • ... and he's hungry. Like a tiger... [Alex Ovetjkin]
  • ... and knows that Russia "must be united like fingers in the fist." [Alex Ovetjkin]
  • How do you stop AO? "Go to church and pray," says a Team USA spokesman. [WSJ]
  • If you're looking for a temporary desktop background, might I suggest this. [BGlobe]
  • To say that no one could have foreseen that Dan Boyle and/or Scott Niedermayer were potentially bad selections for Team Canada is a bit much to take for those of us familiar with things such as numbers. [The Hockey News]
  • The Caps return to practice today, and here's their schedule for the next seven days. [Capitals]
  • Sizing up the Rocket Richard race. [Sportsnet]
  • Who are Russia's most popular hockey players? [RMNB]
  • Ted Leonsis and Bruce Boudreau were on WaPo Live yesterday, and while I'm generally a big Gabby supporter, his idea to play a limited schedule through the Olympics with non-Olympians has to be his worst idea since pairing John Erskine and Tyler Sloan together. [CI]
  • With St. Paddy's Day just around the corner, make sure you're properly attired. [NHL]
  • Counting down the top ten on the "DMV Hate Scale" with numbers ten through six. Something tells me the state of Pennsylvania will be well represented in the top five. [FFODC]
  • And speaking of Pennsylvania (and the one bastion of decency in the Commonwealth), Mathieu Perreault is under the weather. [Patriot-News]
  • Finally, happy 52nd birthday to Tim Coulis.