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With an assist on Finland's opening goal in a 5-1 victory over Belarus, Teemu Selanne matched the record for most career points in the Olympics.
Selanne has 20 goals and 16 assists in five Olympics. Also with 36: Valeri Kharlamov of Russia, Vlastimil Bubnik of the former Czechoslovakia and Harry Watson of Canada.
There were initial concerns Selanne would not be able to play because of surgery last month for a broken jaw. He returned Feb. 1 and played seven games for Anaheim.
Defending champion Sweden shook off a slow start as Mattias Ohlund and Loui Eriksson scored in the second period to help beat Germany 2-0.
The Swedes did not have a shot on net until midway through the scoreless first period in their Vancouver Games opener.
And in the night's final game, Jaromir Jagr, out of the NHL for two years and now a role player rather than one of hockey's big names, scored a goal and set up another late in the second period and the Czech Republic repeated its 2006 Olympic hockey victory over rival Slovakia by winning 3-1.
So much for Canada's first real test.
Meghan Agosta had three goals and two assists, Hayley Wickenheiser became the leading goal-scorer in Olympic history, and Canada routed the toughest opponent in its preliminary-round group, beating Sweden 13-1.
Wickenheiser got her 16th Olympic goal among her five points as the Canadians cruised into the semifinals with three victories by a combined 41-2.
Stefanie Marty and Sara Benz scored 43 seconds apart midway through the third period, and Switzerland scored four times in the final 9 1/2 minutes of a 5-2 victory over Slovakia.
A mile-long sprint came down to a few inches, with Russia's Nikita Kriukov getting the front of his ski across the finish line just ahead of countryman Alexander Panzhinskiy in the men's individual classic cross-country sprint race. A photo finish was needed to determine the winner.
In the women's individual sprint, Norway's Marit Bjoergen pulled away at the end for her first gold medal after winning two silvers at previous Olympics and a bronze in the 10K race Monday.
Pre-race favorite Petra Majdic of Slovenia hurt her ribs in a training crash early Wednesday, but managed to salvage a bronze. She collapsed immediately after crossing the finish line.
Austrian brothers Andreas and Wolfgang Linger won their second straight gold medal in doubles luge.
The Lingers completed their two runs in 1 minute, 22.705 seconds. Andris and Juris Sics of Latvia finished in 1:22.969 and won silver, and Germany's Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch took bronze with a time of 1:23.404.
It was just the second time a doubles team won in consecutive Olympics. Germany's Hans Rinn and Norbert Hahn did it in 1976 and 1980.
The U.S. women fell to 0-2, losing to Germany when skip Debbie McCormick's squad couldn't make up a two-point deficit in the final end.
The men fell to 0-3 with a 7-6 loss to Switzerland.
Want an unobstructed picture of the Olympic cauldron? Not a problem any more.
Organizers of the Vancouver Games opened a viewing ramp Wednesday to bring visitors closer to the Olympic cauldron. A chain-link fence around the flame also was moved closer, with a 6-inch-wide strip cut into it for people taking pictures from ground level.
Olympic organizers initially drew criticism for making the flame inaccessible to the public. It was one of a series of glitches that have marred the opening days of the Winter Games.
DEFENDING THE GAMES
The head of the Vancouver Olympics isn't so fond of talk about these being the Glitch Games.
Despite mechanical failures ranging from the cauldron at the opening ceremony to an ice-resurfacing machine, ticket cancellations, weather woes and more, VANOC CEO John Furlong says the problems are being fixed and the games are inspiring euphoria across the country.
He also acknowledged, "When we make mistakes, we have to fix them," such as opening access to the cauldron.
The gold for U.S. TV viewership on Tuesday night went to "American Idol."
Fox's talent show was watched by 23.6 million viewers, far ahead of the 19.7 million viewers for the Olympics coverage.
Once "Idol" ended, Olympic viewership grew to 20.3 million.
Just NBC's luck, Tuesday was the first day of the Vancouver Olympics that an American did not win a medal.
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