Team USA's 6-1 shocker over a strong Finnish team is one of the biggest surprises at the Olympics this year and is in the same category as Canada beating Russia handily Wednesday night. Ryan Suter played another stong game for the USA logging almost twenty minutes and finishing with a +2 rating.
Canada had a more competitive contest with Slovakia winning 3-2 in a game that went down to the wire. She Weber played almost twenty minutes and piced up an early assist when Patrick Marleau tipped one of his bombs into the net.
Slovakia will now face Finland tonight at 9 p.m. CST on CNBC for the Bronze metal.
The big match that all have been waiting for is Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC when Canada seeks revenge against the USA in the gold medal game. We will be at Bleachers in Franklin for the big Section 303 Tweetup Viewing Party. We hope to see you there.
This just in... A new 303:30 from the hosts of the party just got posted.
In Pred Nation...
John Glennon takes a look at the march to the playoffs and what the Preds will face. Bryan Mullen has an update from the Pred's practice on Friday.
Five year old Josh Sacco from Spring Hill was one of the media stars of the Olympics and he did a daily series for Predators.com, met with the US Men's Hockey team, and was the object of many stories throughout North America. On Thursday, he was on the CBS Evening news. Here's a piece off their web site. He also appeared on ESPN's SportsCenter with his dad, Jim.
Mark's weekly View is up at 111. This is the one we've been waiting for - The Hockey Tonk in Smashville. It's sad that Mark looks comfortable in his outfit.
Shea Weber is listed as one of the "surprises"at the games by NHL All Access. It's no surprise to those who watch him every night.
Here's a neat story from Milwaukee on Jon Blum, Chet Picard and Colin Wilson learning the ropes together.
Good to see that Dan Ellis is inspired for the playoff run @dellis39: Second practice back with the boys...no signs of rust. Gearing up for a long playoff drive
Adrian Dater has a preview of Sunday's USA-Canada game.
Ain't No Party like a Gold Medal Party, hat's off to the Canadian women!
NBC fell for a prank interview where a fake Ryan Miller guaranteed a win on Sunday.
Around the NHL...
Ryan at the RLD has the Eastern Conference Trade deadline round-up also the Western where he predicts that the Preds will be active. He also has the top five candidates for the Hart Trophy.
What do a Manhattan Hospital and the Lighthouse project have in common? Read Nick Giglia's story and see.
Cam Janssen reponds to his five game suspension via Twitter @CamJanssen55: looks like my break will be a little longer. 5 games longer that is, ill be more alert in these situations, but it wont change my game!
We talk about the Corsi number a lot in our game summaries as it is indicative of who is putting pressure on the opponent's defense. Kent Wilson has a fairly straight forward post about what the Corsi reflects in a game.
Who would have thought that Washington would be one of the four teams with no players left in the final four.
Odds and Ends...
Did you know that only 50% of Twitter messages are in English?
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