Olympic Hockey 2014: Biggest Takeaways from Day 1 of Men's Tournament

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Olympic Hockey 2014: Biggest Takeaways from Day 1 of Men's Tournament
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And on the fifth day of the 2014 Winter Olympics, we were given hockey—some outstanding hockey, at that. The men's tournament opened with a double header that featured the Czech Republic taking on Sweden, while Latvia gave Switzerland everything it could handle in a thrilling goaltending duel. 

For the rest of the round-robin style preliminary round, there will be four games a day, but for day one of the tourney there were only two.

Both were outstanding contests that reminded fans and pundits just how high of a level the best players in the world can perform at when they hit a sheet of ice together. There were a handful of things to take away from the first day of competition.

Here are a few pieces of fat to chew on before day two.

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