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Sights From Sochi

Panthers play-by-play man Steve Goldstein is in Sochi to cover his second straight Winter games for Westwood One radio. And while he's there, he'll be blogging on his experiences and his thoughts on the hockey tournament and the the Winter Games in general. Only seen on floridapanthers.com, enjoy as Steve brings you closer to the action (unless you're actually in Sochi and at the games that is).

 

Hello From Sochi

Monday, 02.10.2014 / 6:40 PM
By Steve Goldstein - FloridaPanthers.com / Sights From Sochi
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Sights From Sochi
Hello From Sochi

Greetings from Sochi.

The US women are on a gold medal collision course with Canada. Both teams are 2-0 with wins over Finland and Switzerland. They play in what should be a gold medal preview on Wednesday with the winner finishing atop Group A.

The US beat the Swiss 9-0 today. It was an impressive offensive display, highlighted by Amanda Kessel, who's brother Phil plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs and is a part of the men's team. Kessel had two goals and two assists, as did her linemate Kendall Coyne.

The men's teams are practicing and the US starts play Thursday against Slovakia with Tomas Kopecky of the Panthers suiting up for the Slovaks. There are eight teams that realistically think they can take home a medal and of those, five have a legitimate shot at the Gold; the US, Canada, Russia, Sweden and Finland, which has Panthers rookie phenom Aleksander Barkov as its top center with Anaheim and Finnish legend Teemu Selanne and fellow Young Gun Mikael Granlund of Minnesota. All five teams feature top-notch goaltending.

The pressure of the Winter Games will be great, particularly for the home team Russia. It should be a great tournament, one that could be decided by goaltending and which team handles the pressure and bigger ice the best. The international ice surface is 10 feet wider and longer than North American rinks. Goalies must adjust to the angles and skaters have to make the mental and physical adjustments, realizing they have more room.

The US plays its first game Thursday at 4:30pm Sochi time, 7:30am eastern. I am broadcasting with former Panther Bret Hedican on Westwood One radio network and all games will be picked up on Sirius/XM satellite radio as well. Make sure to check the local listings for which stations will air the games.

The Olympic village is super and the proximity of the arenas and things to do in the Olympic Park are outstanding. My hotel room is perfect and security everywhere is tight. I do not share the negative image being portrayed by some in the media. In the 24 hours I've been here in Sochi, and this is my fourth Olympics covering, the setup couldn't be better. And it was 55 degrees and sunny today, making me feel like I was back in South Florida! The staff at the hotel and everywhere else are helpful and it's evident they have much pride in these games being in Russia.

I am still feeling the affects of the long trip and nine-hour time change so until next timeā€¦

Goldie

UPCOMING EVENTS

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HOME
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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