Top Line: Team USA vs. Finland bronze preview; Canada vs. Sweden; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Here's what to watch for in today's bronze medal showdown between Team USA and Finland.
• Teemu Selanne pops up more than once on this list of 20 fun facts about Teams USA and Finland.
• Kevin Allen writes that Team USA was beaten on Friday by the equivalent of Don Larsen's perfect game in the World Series. Great analogy. Hard to find fault with any aspect of Team Canada's performance in that 1-0 thriller.
• Sad Patrick Kane is now a thing.
• The gold is nice and all, but the real prize on Sunday will be the bragging rights.
• Bob Kraviz says that, despite the loss, American hockey is in a good place.
• Ken Campbell says that coach Mike Babcock can be the most controlling, stubborn and pig-headed person you’ll ever meet, and that's precisely why Canada is playing in the gold medal game on Sunday against Sweden.
• Because Bruce Arthur is one of the best in the biz, he gets two links today. First, this piece on what the women's gold medal means to Canada, then this reminder of Canada's standing as the world's premier provider of hockey talent.
• Canada has created plenty of scoring chances in the tournament, but still struggled to light the lamp. Is there finally reason to believe its puck luck will change against Sweden?
• Eddie Olczyk wants to see hockey moved to the summer Olympics. Not the first time this concept has been floated and it won't be the last, but it's a non-starter. First, the IOC regards the sport as the anchor of the winter events and has no interest in changing that. Second, hockey would get nowhere near the same exposure in the much more crowded summer games, which would mitigate the value the league would receive from participating. So ... won't happen.
• Mats Sundin let Team Russia have it with both barrels, saying he was disgusted by Ovechkin and company's performance in Sochi.
• Wait ... Werner Herzog, the guy who put together the brilliant "Grizzly Man" has produced a hockey documentary? Here's a trailer for a film that can't get here soon enough.
• In case Lightning fans aren't giddy enough about their future after watching Kristers Gudlevskis in Sochi, here's a reminder that their top prospect is pretty good, too. Here's your weekly Jonathan Drouin jaw dropper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cj7-lCQqPw&list=UUeWyp7hjttipbD4ZYAlklrw