Feb 5, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks ice girls clean up the ice during a break in play between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks during the first period at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Daily Dasherboard: Suped-Up Valentine's Day Edition!

Afternoon and happy Valentine’s Day, NHL fans!

It seems like it’s been forever since I have written for Sabre Noise – guess I have taken the Olympic break off a bit.  Hopefully, I’ll use this time to recharge my batteries and come back locked and loaded on the Buffalo Sabres once the NHL resumes play.

For now, though, I’m laying low and catching some Olympic hockey when I can.   Not surprisingly, then, most of my links today will focus on what’s going down in Sochi!

So let’s get to them then!

The US men demolished Slovakia yesterday, and Canada looked sluggish in beating Norway, 3-1.  All of which means the USA is now the favorite to win the gold medal, right?  [Bleacher Report]  Damn straight!

Of course, the US gets a pretty big test tomorrow when they face off against Russia.  As this piece points out, though, it won’t take a miracle on ice for the USA to secure a victory in this game.  [b/r]

Meanwhile: what, exactly, did we learn from Canada in its 3-1 win over Norway?  [The Hockey News]  Glad you asked!

Taking a break from the Olympics, take a gander at what is going in at Penn State, thanks to the efforts of Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula, among others.  [ESPN]

And your Buffalo Sabres link of the day explains how Buffalo’s quiet demeanor over the Olympic break will translate into a busy flurry before the NHL trade deadline.  [b/r]

Hope you enjoyed the reads, folks!

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