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Olympic stunners

The most anticipated hockey tournament in history is showing why through its early games. It might also be forcing folks to rethink their golden thoughts.

Canada and Russia went to Vancouver as the prohibitive favorites, with a gold-medal final between the powerhouses likely. That final should be written in pencil rather than ink.

Switzerland took Canada to a shootout Thursday before falling. Slovakia followed through on its shootout upset bid, dropping the Russians. The local boys have helped the United States open with two wins, though the Americans have hardly looked unbeatable.

"Anybody can beat anybody," Slovakian captain Zdeno Chara said.

So who will beat everybody in the end?

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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Amy Moritz

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Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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