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View From Vancouver: The First Cut

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
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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).

It's Team USA against Switzerland with the winner onto the final four (3pm EST). The Swiss beat Belarus 3-2 in a shootout to advance while the U.S. enjoyed an extra day off. Team USA already beat Switzerland, 3-1 in the tournament's first game and I expect another red, white and blue win. If they do, it is guaranteed the U.S. will play for a medal. Getting that top seed is really a huge advantage.

The USA players are enjoying their time here in Vancouver, going to other events and soaking up the Olympic experience. Perhaps that looseness and lack of pressure is helping them.

Things are right again in Canada after things clicked in an 8-2 victory over Germany. It looks like Sidney Crosby may have found linemates as Sid the Kid, Eric Staal and Jarome Iginla clicked.

But Canada plays Russia today so one of those two loaded teams will head home empty handed (7:30pm EST). Another Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin match-up should be great theater.

Tomas Vokoun and the Czechs survived a late charge by the last seed in the Olympics, Latvia. The Latvians scored two goals in the final four minutes to send the game to overtime but David Krejci of the Bruins scored to end the Cinderella story 3-2. It'll be the Fins and Czechs in the quarterfinals (10pm EST).

Wednesday will be another wild day in Vancouver with four more elimination games and I can't wait.

More later.
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