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USA vs Canada

We have reached that point in the Olympic hockey games where national rivalries take on even a more frantic and desperate level, and in the perspicacious words of Bugs Bunny, “Of course you know, This Means War!”

*Sigh* … Thursday, February 20, 2014 — Sochi Women’s Olympic Hockey: Canada wins Gold, USA wins Silver and Switzerland wins Bronze.

Feb. 20
7:00 a.m. (ET)

Bronze Medal Game (#21) Switzerland 4-3 Sweden


Feb. 20
Noon p.m. (ET)

Gold Medal Game (#22) USA 2-3 Canada in Overtime. USA wins Silver.


–> Friday, February 21, 2014 — Sochi Men’s Olympic Hockey Semifinals: Sweden vs Finland and USA vs Canada.

Feb. 21
6:30 pregame ;7 a.m. (ET)
Semifinal: Sweden vs Finland NBCSN
Feb. 21
11:30 pregame; Noon (ET)
Semifinal: USA vs Canada NBCSN

The Olympics always deliver some surprises, and this year is no different. While it is not a huge surprise that the USA and Canadian Women’s teams will meet up in the Gold Medal game today (Canada wins Gold), the Men’s games have provided a few more surprises. Rather than a Russia, Canada and/or USA Medal game, this Olympics will see the winner of the Sweden-Finland match face the winner of the USA-Canada match. Yesterday morning Russia was eliminated from the playoffs, along with the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Latvia in a wonderful almost miracle of a game versus Canada. Switzerland, Slovakia, Norway and Austria had already been eliminated in the Qualifications round.

Instead of witnessing a Men’s Canada vs USA in a medal round, we will have to make do with the Semifinals. This match-up is always a great rivalry, as witnessed most of this month on twitter, as the two nation’s fans (and media!) chirped each other relentlessly about the teams, the rosters, coaching, you name it. Here’s to that wonderful, thriving rivalry! War between good neighbors! And may the best team win!

And for Bruce McCurdy (a Canadian!) — This Means War!