Zetterberg has surgery; Tavares injury fallout; Growing USA hockey (Puck Headlines)

Jen Neale
Puck Daddy

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.

A Finnish newspaper mocks Henrik Lundqvist ahead of the Finland-Sweden showdown. A questionable joke, since Lundqvist is not Swiss. Lundqvist got the last laugh anyway.

Henrik Zetterberg went under the knife today to fix a herniated disc in his back. He'll be evaluated again in 7 to 8 weeks. [Kukla's Korner]

• Down Goes Brown recaps the insanity of Thursday's gold medal game between the U.S. and Canadian women [Grantland]

• Excluding the Superbowl, the women's gold medal game was the most streamed event in NBC Sports digital history. [TV By The Numbers]

• Team USA hockey had the opportunity to capture the elusive American viewers. All they had they had to do was win today... [For The Win]

• Find out which cities and countries produce the most NHL players on an interactive map. [Chicago Sun Times]

• Islanders GM Garth Snow is heated about losing John Tavares for the season due to an injury during the Olympics; Rangers coach Alain Vignault isn't as worked up about the injury Mats Zuccarello sustained during the games. The next six months of debate about sending players to Pyeongchang is going to be oh so much fun. [New York Daily News]

• More on the fallout from the Tavares injury and the financial impact on the Islanders, if any. [MC 79 Hockey]

• Team USA captains voted women's hockey player and four-time Olympian Julie Chu as the flag-bearer for the closing ceremonies. (Interesting side note: the U.S. does not dip their flag when passing the host country's head of state as other nations do. It's believed this started at the Berlin games of 1936 while Hitler was in power.) [Fourth Place Medal]

• "This is ... where the blogger lays out his "just do this, stupid" to make women's hockey in Canada as big as it deserves to be. But I don't think there is an easy solution, and smarter people than me have tried to find one. Women's club soccer in Canada can draw thousands for what is, relatively speaking, a lower level of competition, but there's a lot less high-level soccer in this country to compete with. In hockey, you've got a great local game around every corner." [Copper & Blue]

• An interview with with Justin Williams on the Olympics and international hockey. [LA Kings Insider]

• Say the NHL doesn't allow players to play in Pyeongchang in 2018. What could the 'powerhouse' countries rosters look like? [Matchsticks & Gasoline]

• Sad news: Rob Zombie has dropped his plans to make a movie about the Broad Street Bullies in favor of a genre he knows better - horror. Well, the Flyers at the beginning of this season... never mind. [Blabbermouth]

• Jonathan Quick is the anti-Tim Thomas. An American goalie without a massive ego. Who knew?! [Goalie Guild]

• Latvian goalie Kristers Gudlevskis has been called up from Syracuse to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Now he can give Canadian players nightmares in the NHL! [Last Word On Sports]

• Some guy named 'Sean Leahy' explains why USA hockey is better than Canadian hockey. (Written prior to today's game, duh.) [Men's Health]

• The CBC says it's ok to watch hockey at work. Keyword is CBC. The first 'C' is for CANADIAN. [CBC]

• Finally, a real interview during the women's hockey game. (It's not real.) [This is That]

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