No more time for jet lag, the Olympic men's hockey games have begun. Wednesday's games commenced with Sweden taking down the Czech Republic 4-2, while Switzerland squeezed past Latvia 1-0 on a goal in the dying seconds.
But for Islanders fans, the good stuff begin today as Michael Grabner and Thomas Vanek kick things off for the Austrians vs. Finland at 3 a.m. EST, while John Tavares and the Canadians meet Norway at noon, with a couple of other openers in between at 7:30 a.m.
So, a good morning to you. Are you ready for names? We are ready for names.
Austria's roster consists of Bernhard Starkbaum, Matthias Trattnig, Gerhard Unterluggauer, Thomas Hundertpfund and Daniel Oberkofler. YES!— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) February 13, 2014
Go ahead and chat up those games here. Or take in some other reading along with your spoilers:
- Who are the top five Islanders Olympians of all time? [Islanders]
- Ryan Strome at the AHL All-Star Game: Enjoying the experience | Scoring two goals (bonus: PTO news)
- If you missed Dan's take on how hockey media on Twitter would react to Billy Smith today, well, it's brilliant.
- Notes on the Swedes win over the Czechs [CSNNE]
- What are the non-Olympians doing? Resting and stuff. [NHL]
- The IIHF does not permit colored or tinted visors, and other key rule differences with the NHL. [IIHF]
- Can you, and should you pick an inconsistent goalie who is nonetheless more apt to "steal a game?" [SB Nation numbers]
- Billy Smith vs. Twitter: What hockey social media would look like if Billy was still battlin'
- Islanders News: Nielsen injury; last of the Coliseums; Jesse Graham save
- [Updated] Erik Johnson Suspended 2 Games for Breaking Frans Nielsen's Hand
- [Bits] Ladies First, Bossy in the Bronx, a visit from Carnker and Na Zdorovie Niinimaa
- Islanders News: Visnovsky out of Olympics; Parenteau on Island days; Bridgeport win