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Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

(Editor's note: Wysh will be live-blogging the U.S.-Canada women's gold-medal game beginning at 6:30 p.m. EST.)

• Russian head coach Vyacheslav Bykov responds to a reporter's question about a deeper explanation for the performance of his team: "Yeah, let's bring some guillotines and gibbets. We have 35 men in the hockey team, let's kill them on the Red Square! What's the point of trying to find out who is guilty now?" [Sovetsky Sport via Russian Hockey Fans]

• Pierre LeBrun on how Russia's decision to include KHL players on its roster, while leaving names such as Frolov and Kovalev at home, led to its downfall. [ESPN]

• Y! Sports Olympic analyst Ken Daneyko likes himself a U.S.-Canada gold-medal game. [Y! Sports]

• Losing Wednesday night to Slovakia spells the end of an era in Swedish hockey, as it will probably be the last time we see the likes of Peter Forsberg(notes), Nicklas Lidstrom(notes), and Daniel Alfredsson(notes) represent the Tre Kronor. [NHL.com]

• For those of you on Twitter, the NHL's VP of business development, also known as Brendan Shanahan(notes), has come along for the ride. He's been Tweeting from Vancouver all week. [@nhlshanny]

• Michael Arace wonders why the NHL can't be more like the Olympics. It's an interesting point in that it might take hockey fans a few days to readjust to NHL play after what we've been watching the past two weeks. [Columbus Dispatch]

• B.D. Gallof with more on Mike Milbury's comment from Wednesday night. [Hockey Independent]

• After sporting 1960 replica jerseys on Sunday, Team USA donned an original throwback: a British jersey. [SportsPickle]

• The Sons of "Super" Dave Osborne Society (a.k.a. Marty Funkhouser) represented the U.S. loud and proud during the American's win over Switzerland on Wednesday. [Getty] 

• One reason for Russia's loss? Ham? [MacLean's]

• Former Edmonton Oiler and five-time Stanley Cup champion Randy Gregg will need to make room on his mantle now: His daughter won a silver medal in Wednesdays's 3000m short-track speedskating relay. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

• In NHL signing news, the Minnesota Wild gave Cal Clutterbuck(notes) a three-year extension. [Wild]

Pekka Rinne(notes) has inked a two-year, $6.8 million extension with the Nashville Predators, probably spelling the end of Dan Ellis'(notes) time there. [Tennessean]

• The Calgary Flames have signed Rene Bourque(notes) to a six-year deal with annual salary of $3.3 million. [TSN]

• Ansar Khan reports that Detroit Red Wings forward Kirk Maltby(notes) will miss at least the rest of the regular season after deciding to have shoulder surgery. [MLive]

• The Tampa Bay Lightning fired assistant coach and former NHLer Wes Walz(notes) after he decided against taking the head coaching job with the team's AHL affiliate in Norfolk, Virginia. [Lightning Strikes]

• Finally, Y! Sports' Charissa Thompson speaks to some players in anticipation of Thursday night's women's gold-medal match between the U.S. and Canada. Wysh will have more on this later.

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