Michael Russo has covered the National Hockey League since 1995. He has covered the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005, after 10 years of covering the Florida Panthers for the Sun-Sentinel. He uses “Russo’s Rants” to feed a wide-ranging hockey-centric discussion with readers, and can be heard weekly on KFAN (100.3 FM) radio and seen weekly on Fox Sports North.

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Men's hockey tournament format

Posted by: Michael Russo under Olympic hockey Updated: February 19, 2010 - 2:34 PM

I've gotten a lot of emails asking how the rest of the men's hockey tournament is formatted. My answer?

Figure it out yourself because I killed the few brains cells I have left trying to figure it out. Basically, they don't re-seed and have made it as complicated as imaginable.

I'm reading it like there's really no benefit to finishing first in your group.

Here's the link, so see for yourself

I do know this. If Canada beats the US Sunday, they get a bye into the quarterfinal. If the US loses in regulation, it would have to play a qualification game, I believe. If they lost in OT or shootout, it could still be possible for them to have a bye into the quarters. Four teams get byes.

Sweden's up 2-0 after 1 over Belarus, incidentally. Daniel Sedin and Daniel Alfredsson with goals thus far.

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