Sad Russian bear; Panthers’ bailout; Kessel ‘best player’ Kane’s ever played with? (Puck Headlines)

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• Sochi bear is inconsolable after Russia's shocking loss to Finland. [Fourth Place Medal]

• The Florida Panthers are on their way to a bailout from their friends in Broward County. We may be looking at another Phoenix Coyotes situation. [Sun Sentinel]

Patrick Kane says Phil Kessel is "probably the best guy I’ve ever played with." I love what national allegiances do to these guys. Suck on that, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa. [Sportsnet]

• Canada vs. the USA has become hockey's greatest rivalry, even on the streets. [Grantland]

Zdeno Chara laments a disappointing result in what will probably be his last Olympics. [CSNNE]

• Winter Olympics ratings are falling. Can a strong showing by the American hockey team turn it around? [Forbes]

• T.J. Oshie is everywhere these days, including on Tinder! Except it's not him. It's a fake profile. [Fourth Place Medal]

• Thing you probably didn't know: Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes thinks he knows hockey. He texts his friends on the Tampa Bay Lightning and tells them what to do all the time. [Twin Cities]

• Enjoy this great exchange between losing Russian head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov and a reporter. [The Score]

• Here are those super-American, hockey-related photoshops you asked for. [United States of Hockey]

• We keep saying it, but it continually needs to be said. Women's hockey has a place in the Olympics. Don't touch it. [Japers' Rink]

• The Senators are outside the playoffs looking in, but Eugene Melnyk likes their chances.[Ottawa Sun]

• Jeff Vinik vows that the Lightning will keep spending to the salary cap. [Tampa Bay]

• The NHL should say good-bye to the Olympics and host their own international tournament every other year. Like the World Cup of Hockey? I feel like this idea is already on the table. [Daily Herald]

• Despite what you may think, Columbus has become a hockey town. [Fox Sports]

• From a fantasy perspective, who's better: James Van Riemsdyk or Gabriel Landeskog? [Dobber Hockey]

• Gasper Kopitar, younger brother of Anze, is drawing rave reviews with the ECHL's Ontario Reign. [Mayors Manor]

• A couple days ago we shared a link about a minor hockey situation where an official fell on a player while trying to break up a fight, inadvertently breaking the kid's wrist. Now there's video of this situation and, well, it's pretty crazy. And NSFW for language. [Buzzing the Net]

• Wherein Ondrej Pavelec discovers that Zdeno Chara shoots the puck insanely hard:

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