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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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 34 17 8 9 94 84 43
6 TOR 34 19 12 3 114 102 41
7 NYR 31 17 10 4 93 81 38
8 WSH 32 16 10 6 95 85 38
9 BOS 34 17 14 3 86 88 37
10 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
11 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
12 PHI 33 13 14 6 92 99 32
13 CBJ 32 14 15 3 79 102 31
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 34 13 18 3 66 109 29
16 CAR 33 9 20 4 68 92 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 31 12 7 0 19
A. Ekblad 31 5 14 4 19
J. Jokinen 30 3 13 -2 16
B. Boyes 30 5 9 0 14
J. Hayes 23 7 6 2 13
J. Huberdeau 28 3 10 0 13
V. Trocheck 20 3 9 2 12
S. Bergenheim 21 5 4 2 9
S. Upshall 20 4 5 1 9
T. Fleischmann 29 3 5 6 8
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 2 2 2 .915 2.27
R. Luongo 12 7 6 .926 2.28
 
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