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I don't KNOW what it is about Switzerland, but somehow they have Team Canada's number when it comes to International hockey.  Even though the game ended with a shootout win for Canada, that was not a win you'll be seeing celebrated today, and one that could have easily gone the other way.

Canada was supposed to roll over Switzerland; a team with only 2 NHL players in Mark Streit and Jonas Hiller. The latter, and his 45 saves, perhaps being the sole reason the Swiss were even in the game.  Last night's game does not bode well for Canada with the USA up next on Sunday, and a potential meeting with Russia, Sweden, or the Czech Republic in the medal round.

Also picking up a win last night, but the full three points, was team USA as they beat Norway 6 -1.  The scoring was started by Toronto's own Phil Kessel on an absolutely wicked wrist shot. Kessel later added an assist and finished a +3 on the night.  Atta boy Phil.

With their win's last night, both Canada and the US are guaranteed a spot in the medal round, meaning Sunday's game is all about securing the higher seed. Although knowing the other teams who will be in said medal round, there will be no such thing as an easy path for either.

Follow me after the jump for some linkage:

Canada v. Switzerland game recap [MLHS]

Taking a cautious look at Canada as the Olympic favorites [Black Dog Hates Skunks]

Even with a major shot advantage, the odds of winning weren't all that much in Canada's favor [Behind the Net]

Introducing to you, the Japadog. I wants one. [Fourth Place Medal]

Sad news today as Summit Series hero and former Maple Leaf Paul Henderson has been diagnosed with cancer [Globe and Mail]

Taking a look at the 2006 vs. 2010 Canadian Olympic teams [Mirtle]

With last night's scare over, focus shifts to Sunday's USA v. Canada game [Yahoo Sports]

Face, meet palm. Palm, face. [Kukla's Korner]

Taking a look at what the NHL needs to do for the 2014 Games in Sochi [Sports Illustrated]

A neat story of how two families were former Olympic foes, and now Olympic teammates [NHL]

If you don't know what the Pro Stars were, LD wishes to educate you with her YouTube Yoinkage [WWoLD]

Morning Additions

A closer look at Team USA Hockey [Blueshirt Banter]

Slovakia upsets Russia 2-1 in a shootout [CTVO]

Taking a look at Team Canada's shootout percentages [Mirtle]

Team Canada's not looking so hot [Truth and Rumors]

Hockey announcer quotes from the Olympics [Puck the Media]

This doesn't concern Maple Leaf fans at all [The Hockey Writers]

There are no secrets in Olympics hockey [Vintage Leaf Memories]