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US Crushes Slovakia 7-1 in Men's Olympic Hockey

Created: 02/13/2014 9:58 AM WDIO.com

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - 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.

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.

Meanwhile, Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist in a breathtaking start and the Russians went on to beat Slovenia 5-2 in their Sochi Olympics opener.

Ovechkin scored 1:17 after the puck dropped with a wrist shot that made the crowd roar.

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USA forward Ryan Kesler and goaltender Jonathan Quick defend against a shot at the goal by Slovakia during the third period of the 2014 Winter Olympics men's ice hockey game at Shayba Arena, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
AP Photo/Petr David Josek

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