NHL Olympic Blog Beat – February 21, 2014.

Ongoing analysis of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament and more in today’s collection of hockey blogging goodness.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne believes a lack of top-end blueline talent killed Russia’s Olympic gold dreams.

THE COLOR OF HOCKEY: Russia’s coach responded to the potential media criticism he was sure to face following his club’s elimination from the tournament.

John Tavares suffered a season-ending knee injury during Olympic play.

John Tavares suffered a season-ending knee injury during Olympic play.

UNDISCLOSED INJURY: Eric Morris with a detailed explanation of John Tavares’ season-ending knee injury.

MC79HOCKEY.COM: Tyler Dellow explains how Tavares’ injury could put the NY Islanders in position to refund their season ticket holders.

SB NATION: Andrew Berkshire wonders if coach Mike Babcock is to blame for Canada’s scoring woes.

GRANTLAND: Hockey legend Ken Dryden explains how the United States rose to become a major hockey power.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Three legendary Olympic hockey players you’ve never heard of.