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U.S. Slams Slovakia in Hockey Opener

By GREG BEACHAM
|  Thursday, Feb 13, 2014  |  Updated 9:59 AM EDT
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Best of the Sochi Olympics: Day 6

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John Carlson #4 of United States scores a goal against Jaroslav Halak #41 of Slovakia in the first period during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

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Paul Stastny scored twice during a six-goal barrage in the second period, and the United States got off to a spectacular start in the Olympic men's hockey tournament with a 7-1 victory over Slovakia on Thursday.

Ryan Kesler, David Backes, Phil Kessel and Dustin Brown also scored as the Americans battered Slovakia for six consecutive goals in a 13:51 span, turning what was expected to be a tough matchup into a laugher.

Jonathan Quick made 22 saves in his Olympic debut for the U.S., which hopes to improve on its silver-medal finish in Vancouver despite a roster that isn't thought to have the offensive power of Canada, Russia or Sweden.

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