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Obama, Harper talk trash; Stamkos’s dad; Seattle hockey reps visit Vancouver (Puck Headlines)

Harrison Mooney
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• The Finns may seem like a demure and docile people. They are not. [Reddit]

• Barack Obama and Canadian Prime minister Stephen Harper have more than just national pride on the line with the two USA/Canada match ups: they have beer. [Fourth Place Medal]

• Bruce Arthur on the Americans seeking hockey redemption versus Canada after 2010. [Postmedia]

• You have everything to lose, Canada. Good luck tomorrow. [USA Today]

• How did the United States grow into a hockey power? I'm gonna go with 'because they decided they wanted to, and they sunk resources into it, and the best hockey league in the world is predominantly theirs, so it would be embarrassing if they weren't.' [Grantland]

Steven Stamkos's dad doesn't think his son would have made much of a difference to solving Canada's scoring problems. Thanks, Dad. You're like Nicklas Backstrom's grandma. [Toronto Star]

• On the remarkable Cinderella story of Kristers Gudlevskis, who nearly shocked the world by stealing Latvia's game versus Canada. [The Globe & Mail]

• How a 70-year-old Finnish goalie coach is transforming the game. This is a cool story. [The Atlantic]

• NHL to Seattle: it's heating up. A group from Seattle will be heading to Vancouver to learn how the Canucks operate, so enjoy your riot, Seattle. [Seattle Times]

Pavel Datsyuk gets a few days off before going back to work for Detroit. [FreeP]

• Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill has pledged $100 toward Muscular Dystrophy research for each goal by the Griffins against Oklahoma City in home games Friday and Saturday. [MLive]

• Mike Green has been cleared for contact. [Washington Post]

• NBC will air a documentary narrated by Liev Schreiber on the Lokomotiv tragedy during their Olympic coverage on Saturday. Here's a teaser video. [NBC Olympics]

• The Guelph Storm remain the top junior hockey team. [Buzzing the Net]

• Semyon Varlamov is the goat in Russia's devastating hockey loss. The optics of getting pulled will do that to you. [Denver Post]

• Fedor Dostoyevsky: "“The most basic, most rudimentary spiritual need of the Russian people is the need for suffering, ever-present and unquenchable, everywhere and in everything.” So their sadness at being out of the Olympic tournament is actually pretty on point. [Post Gazette]

• Jeremy Roenick's mansion isn't just for sale. It's ON sale. $3 million off! [TMZ]

• Are we down to the last two weeks of Marty Brodeur's Devils career? Hopefully not, because it means some team thought he'd been an upgrade in goal and, at this point, that's silly. [Star-Ledger]

• Barack Obama and Stephen Harper talk trash about hockey. OMG you guys so heated. Calm down, you two. Calm the heck down. [The Hill]

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