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Sabres VP Mike Gilbert in Sochi

Feb 21, 2014|

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Mike Gilbert -- spokesman in Sochi assistant US men's and women's hockey teams he summit WBM lifeline as we get set. But his big battle later today between the US men and Canada Mike good morning. Morning the morning but he set the stage forests of what is the atmosphere like before this game. You know there's a lot of buzz right now and I think part of that is after the devastating loss last night in the women's game probably look at this bubble -- back to back nights. You know -- a lot last night. And I -- it certainly most. Talked about Atlanta today and probably. Most talked about. You know final event here of the weekend at such an outlook that the Russian men's hockey team that knocked out a lot of focus and put on. US and Canada nineties where you at the women's game Mike. I -- that game last night and it looked like everything was and ordered. Up to enough it was just a few minutes and then they. Portable kind of on the -- -- bounces probably seen by now and then. You know it just goes to -- -- say you know some the puck -- the length of the race if it goes probably an inch to the right to get policy goes into the net. Instead it hit further and still a lot about low post that. Little while later the Packers -- back learned that -- so when they say it's to get a -- is it really is. It was just it like the most thrilling and and the most agonizing at the same time. -- -- It really wasn't in and I he you know being down at a level when the game to see very different that the NHL with the games. Whether it's figure skating you know hockey whatever. Yeah athletes before they retreat to their locker room. They have to go through an area called the mix so that's for the media -- to talk to every player after every -- have to go through the us and the talk to different people. You know 25 minutes -- soccer game and that it actually got the battle that was in all the US players to treat. You know that they were just they're devastated cry their emotional so very difficult played a loose. And it was really humbling to see it I -- that's one Havoc with the Olympics is all about that. You know high caliber athletes playing on the world stage but it was -- to -- and it was you know I felt bad well there were shall shall close the the ultimate goal of -- you know I -- over wasn't good enough. Has vote women's loss changed the attitude for the man do you sense that the teams can be more aggressive over. Or feel like they have to snarl because of it. I mean you there was there was it was probably twelve or fifteen of our players that the game last night you know all of our coaching staff was there our management staff. You know PR staff was helping them as well won't work why. -- let it all one country I think everybody feels that they lost but promoted to a linked at all. You know -- team practiced this morning. They're extremely loose group of players. And a very businesslike but there are not uptight or tense I can see that. Throughout and in -- -- has created a very relaxed atmosphere among players and thirteen of these players were on the ice last year or years ago and they lost to Canada. In overtime and so while more than fifteen minutes it looked you know -- opinions and kind of pay it back so a lot. I think that. It is admirable more fuel fired after the US about you know get candidates right. If the man to win today why will we have one if we lose by what we have lost. You know I I think. For us tonight to execute the game moves into a goaltending. And see if we continue to play our game. And that's a very up temple. Very quick. Most violent I think -- Canada. I think we'd lose that if if you know Sidney Crosby Jonathan -- Some of those types of players have had an OK tournament that all of a sudden they turn it up underscoring -- Canada has scored a lot of goals they scored and went by the -- They they really become offensive. And I think that's you know that the key -- -- it would it would be tough for us tonight. He -- and youngest teams waiting to play it it's at 9 o'clock game there at 9 PM what are they doing all day you mentioned that they've already practiced. It's a long day -- It's really odd because we did -- -- -- good thing is we did this. But you know the sabres used to play games -- -- -- Friday -- you think that lately. Well we played Wednesday night at 9 o'clock. I had to look at duke must also -- -- -- you definitely -- -- -- As the game where whatever -- I would look at -- -- 11 o'clock or should I mean it. It's different and it it's a lot of the base for the TP. -- back United States you know and if you watch the so a lot. -- they do they're backed into a routine. But you know it is an -- time but you know. Canada after the same thing so I -- all in susceptible to a. Hey Mike -- glad you could join us again with this update thank you so much. That's Mike Gilbert -- spokesman in Sochi is assisting the US men and women's hockey team.

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