SOCHI -- On the fifth anniversary of his first game as a coach in the NHL, Dan Bylsma will stand in the middle of a scene that should be unlike anything he has seen or experienced in the 1,825 days since he was hired by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Bylsma will be standing behind the United States bench, coaching in an Olympic hockey game between the U.S. and Russia in Russia. It would be bigger only if there was a medal on the line.
"It's going to be different," Bylsma said after putting his American team through practice Friday. "But it's going to be big."
Much bigger than the game Thursday against Slovakia, which the Americans won 7-1.
However Bylsma, who has coached in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final and 65 Stanley Cup Playoff games, said he felt like a rookie coach again during his first Olympic game.
He can't even imagine what it'll feel like Saturday at Bolshoy Ice Dome (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC), when the Americans and Russians each play the second of their three games in Group A play at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.