Morning Skate: Tuesday, Feb. 18

Morning Skate: Tuesday, Feb. 18
February 18, 2014, 9:45 am
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* Elliotte Friedman checks in with Hockey Night in Canada radio about the difficulty of finding linemates for Sidney Crosby.
* Damien Cox says that there’s nothing wrong with women’s hockey at the Olympics, and I wholeheartedly agree.
* With more on that, here’s The Pink Puck with the story of a great Finnish goaltender that’s retiring from hockey after college due to the landscape of women’s pro hockey.
* Ken Campbell says the Sochi Olympics are allowing Phil Kessel to make his mark as a big time player, and I’d argue this transformation started with his solid, gutsy performance in the first round of last year’s playoffs.
* Hockey siblings Phil Kessel and Amanda Kessel are something special at these Olympics, and Sarah Kwak has the story.
* A great story is developing in Russia where USA athletes -- including US Hockey players -- are bringing stray dogs home with them rather than allow them to exterminated in Sochi.
* In a bit of self-interest, here’s a Special Olympics podcast I was interviewed for where I talk about some of my own personal catalysts for being involved in the sporting world.
* For something completely different: Great debut for the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday night with a stream of awesome cameos.