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Power Rankings (as of May 18)

1.

RUSSIA
Our opponents are seeing stars right now

2.

SWEDEN
Markström my words, we want to be Hedman of the class

3.

CZECH REPUBLIC
You gotta fight for your right to party in the quarterfinals

4.

CANADA
Vancouver is nicer than Mannheim

5.

FINLAND
Then Mikhailov and Kharlamov scored again, and we were very sad

6.

SWITZERLAND
WWRD? (What Would Ralph Do?)

7.

DENMARK
Like a virgin, in the quarterfinals for the very first time

8.

GERMANY
We don't need no stinkin' Bayern Munich...we're in the ice hockey quarterfinals!

9.

NORWAY
Next time, boys, remember: Gandhi, not Mike Tyson

10.

BELARUS
Well, maybe we'll win Eurovision

11.

LATVIA
I don't want to play, I just want to bang on the drum all day

12.

SLOVAKIA
Once upon a time, in a land far away, we won some medals

13.

USA
Regrettably, the team will not be invited to the White House

14.

FRANCE
Against Kazakhstan, we looked better than Brigitte Bardot

15.

ITALY
“Eppur si muove” (Galileo, upon seeing Italy sent down)

16.

KAZAKHSTAN
Hopefully we'll be back before the world ends in 2012



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