Olympic Hockey 2014: Biggest Takeaways from the Quarterfinals

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Olympic Hockey 2014: Biggest Takeaways from the Quarterfinals
Mark Humphrey/Associated Press

The quarterfinals of the 2014 Winter Olympics men's ice hockey tournament is in the books, and the host nation of Russia is no longer part of the tournament.

It bowed out to Finland, and each Russian player has a long trip back to his respective NHL or KHL team, as they all try to figure out just where they went wrong.

For fans of geographical rivalries, there's a lot to like heading into the semifinal of this tourney though. At the top of the bracket, Sweden and Finland will do battle for the right to advance to the gold-medal game. These two Scandinavian nations have a rich rivalry, and the contest will be a treat to watch.

The only thing better than Sweden vs. Finland is a matchup between Canada and the United States, right?

Well we're going to get that too. The biggest takeaway from the quarterfinals is just how spoiled fans and pundits are going to be from this point on in the Winter Games. That's not all we gathered though.

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