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[Bits] Bridgeport weekend; Women's semifinals; Men's USA/Canada collision course

In which Michael Grabner plays an awful lot like a first-liner.

Air time? Like John, if I could be like John...
Air time? Like John, if I could be like John...
Bruce Bennett

The men's Olympic hockey preliminary round is over and they have a day (or two) off, but the women's semifinals happen this morning -- Canada faces Switzerland while the U.S. faces Sweden.

The men's results and initial playoff pairings:

  • Sweden, USA, Canada and Finland (1-4 seeds) get byes to the quarterfinals.
  • On Tuesday, Feb. 18, Russia gets 12th-seeded Norway, the Czechs and Slovaks renew their brotherly rivalry, Switzerland rematches with Latvia, and Austria meets Slovenia.
  • On Wednesday, Feb. 19, the winners of those games meet the top seeds: Sweden vs. Slovenia/Austria; U.S. vs. Czechs/Slovaks; Canada vs. Switzerland/Latvia; Finland vs. Russia/Norway.
  • That means U.S. and Canada could meet in the semifinal, and the winner of that could meet Russia (or Sweden, or Finland) in the gold medal game.
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