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View From Vancouver: Greetings

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
A View From Vancouver Photogallery

Panthers play-by-play man Steve Goldstein is in Vancouver to cover the Olympic 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 Olympics in general. Only seen on, enjoy as Steve brings you closer to the action (unless you're actually in Vancouver and at the games that is).

Greetings from Vancouver…
Vancouver is beautiful! It's 50 and sunny and the town is buzzing with excitement and people. The backdrop of the mountains is awesome and I can really feel the Olympic spirit, especially when a Canadian wins a medal.

Day 1 of competition here in Vancouver didn’t produce any surprises as USA, Canada and Russian hockey squads all won their opening games. Canada and Russia showed why they are the favorites as both clubs scored eight goals each. Canada got off to a slow start against Norway, scoreless after the first period. Admittedly, Team Canada had to be a bit nervous playing on their home soil and before a raucous crowd all dressed in red. But once they got rolling in the seconnd period there was no stopping the Canada machine. The onslaught was led by the top line of Crosby, Iginla and Nash, as Canada rolled to an 8-0 win. Russian’s high-caliber and loaded line-up of Ovechkin,  Malkin, Semin, Datsyuk and Kovalchuck skated to an 8-2 victory over Latvia, in the final game of the day’s hockey competition.

Team USA plays Thursday, 3 p.m. EST against Norway. The USA had trouble with a Swiss team that came out physical and hung around in a 3-1 American win. There is room for improvement for Team USA in every area and they will have to play better before Sunday’s most anticipated match-up against Canada.
Former Panther John Vanbiesbrouck along with Goldie
Been hanging with former Panther John Vanbiesbrouck, as we are working Westwood One radio together. Great insight in my ear as we watch games, especially the goalies! It’s like having my own private scout! Still waiting and looking forward to the night games on Wednesday, as Panthers Tomas Vokoun and Dennis Seidenberg see their first action.

More to come tomorrow.
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