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Saturday Olympic Thread [Slovenia in Goring's dream matchup, USA vs. Russia]

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Sometimes you must want to watch the games.

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Portrait of the artist as a young Islander
Portrait of the artist as a young Islander
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Editor's note: Whoops, this thread was supposed to go up at 2:15 a.m. for all the day's games. Due to operator idiocy, it was 12 hours late. So, um, enjoy this Boston bar reaction to TJ Oshie, and also the following perfect video:

TJ Oshie, Again from Kyle Scott on Vimeo.

Saturday's action begins early (again, for North Americans) with the Butch Goring Dream Matchup of Slovakia vs. Slovenia at 3 a.m. EST.

But the big match of Saturday, the one everyone has been anticipating, is Russia vs. USA at 7:30 a.m.

Surely no one thinks this is anywhere near 1980 levels -- and certainly not near 1980 stakes -- but rather its a slightly flawed host-nation team against a deep squad of Western invaders.

The full schedule and TV assignments via NHL.com is below. Chat it up, live it up, or just take in some hockey.

Sat Feb 15, 2014 Slovakia Slovenia 3:00 AM ET SNET,NBCSN PREVIEW›
Sat Feb 15, 2014 USA Russia 7:30 AM ET CBC,NBCSN PREVIEW›
Sat Feb 15, 2014 Swiss Czechia 12:00 PM ET TSN,NBCSN PREVIEW›
Sat Feb 15, 2014 Sweden Latvia 12:00 PM ET USA,SNET1 PREVIEW›