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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).

 

Matchup Made In Hockey Heaven

Thursday, 02.20.2014 / 9:15 AM
By Steve Goldstein - FloridaPanthers.com / Sights From Sochi
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Sights From Sochi
Matchup Made In Hockey Heaven
Drew Doughty (Canada) and Dustin Brown (USA) skate against one another in the gold medal game of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. (Getty Images)

It's the matchup everyone anticipated....the one game that justifies shutting down the NHL for a few weeks: USA vs. Canada.

The rivalry resumes here in Sochi, Friday at noon eastern time (NBCSN), 9pm here in Russia. A spot in the gold medal game is on the line, with the winner playing the winner of the Finland-Sweden semifinal.

Team USA has been the best team in the tournament so far. The Americans have scored the most goals, led by Phil Kessel's five. Canada has struggled to score, which is amazing considering all the talented forwards on the roster.

Defensively, Canada has been strong, limiting scoring chances and getting solid goaltending. Defensemen Drew Doughty and Shea Weber have been offensive forces but the Canadians will need the forwards to start putting the puck in the net if they want to keep winning. Cary Price will get the start in goal in the biggest game he has ever played in while Team USA will go with Jonathan Quick.

In the USA’s quarterfinal win against the Czech Republic, the offense featured a balanced attack, with the five goals coming from five different players. In addition, captain Zach Parise got his first point and goal of the Olympics while defenseman Ryan Suter hit the scoresheet for the first time in the tournament with three assists.

It's a matchup made in hockey heaven, USA-Canada...it doesn't get any better than this.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 47 27 12 8 143 120 62
6 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
7 WSH 47 24 14 9 140 124 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 45 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 45 6 21 5 27
J. Huberdeau 42 8 17 1 25
J. Jokinen 44 4 21 -2 25
B. Boyes 43 10 11 2 21
J. Hayes 37 13 7 -1 20
S. Bergenheim 34 7 9 1 16
A. Barkov 34 5 9 -5 14
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 11 8 .920 2.43
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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