Olympic hockey is awesome; Sidney Crosby, problem center; Stanley Cup, attention-seeker (Puck Headlines)

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Patrick Kane visits the McDonald's Cheers To Sochi kiosk in the athlete village, apparently with a teeny-tiny stick. [Marianna Massey, Getty Images]

• Olympic hockey is awesome. Here are seven reasons. Sadly, none of them are Slava Voynov telling the world that his teammate Jonathan Quick is a big fat cheater. [ESPN]

• Why is it so difficult to play with Sidney Crosby? [Postmedia]

• It's far less difficult to play with Drew Doughty. You just sort of let him do his thing. He's been Canada's best player. [Eye on Hockey]

• The Stanley Cup is not welcome in Sochi, says Brian Stemmle. Stop trying to steal our thunder, Stanley Cup. You're such an attention-seeker. [Fourth-Place Medal]

• Stemmle has a point, though. Igor Larionov says the Winter Olympics are all about hockey. I disagree. Figure skating is awesome. [RT]

• Crosby isn't the only star under performing at these Olympics. Same goes for Alex Ovechkin. [Toronto Sun]

Daniel Alfredsson and Erik Karlsson are, like, best friends. [FreeP]

• The Slovaks have lost Tomas Kopecky to an upper-body injury. [Fox Sports]

• Is Brooks Laich dating Julianne Hough? OMG so juicy. [Just Jared]

• Oh, your league had an outdoor game? That's adorable. The Duluth Outdoor Hockey league is nothing but outdoor games. *mic drop* [Kare11]

• Come for the Seattle Thunderbirds scoring a game-winner with 26 seconds left, stay for the violent line brawl. [Buzzing the Net]

• Looking for some underrated fantasy gems? Look no further than Nino Neiderreiter, Teemu Selanne, and Jakob Silfverberg. [Dobber Hockey]

• Devils scout Johan Hedberg is doing work for the franchise. He's getting a bird's eye view of the prospects by playing as the back-up goalie for the Albany Devils. [Star-Ledger]

• Linus Omark has been placed on unconditional waivers. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

• Insanity in a Winnipeg peewee game, as a referee attempts to break up a fight between two 12-year-olds, and appears to slip and fall onto one of them, breaking the kid's wrist. [CBC]

• Former NHLer Brian Mullen talks life after a stroke. [Greatest Hockey Legends]

• Phil Kessel is stealing the spotlight at the Sochi Olympics. [TSN]

• Henrik Zetterberg has a herniated disc in his back. What does that actually mean and how much does it suck? [Undisclosed Injury]

• Finally, Tanner Glass gives you some healthy juice tips.

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