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Team USA Demolishes Slovakia 7-1

By Keith Schultz

Feb 10, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; USA forward Patrick Kane (88) during an ice hockey training session in advance of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Bolshoy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

An early start for most with the game starting at 6:30am but it didn’t take long to notice that the USA hockey team was going to dominate their opponent Thursday.  Slovakia was the opponent in the first round of games for Team USA and the Americans  looked a lot like the Blackhawks playing their best hockey dominating puck possession and in the end the scoreboard.

John Carlson scored the first goal of the tournament for Team USA on a rocket after a nifty drop pass by Phil Kessel set up the score. The first period flew by without anymore scoring but the fireworks started when the second period began with a barrage of USA goals from every line and at the end of all of the action it was 7-1.

Patrick Kane look dynamic on the big ice at the Olympics and he picked up 2 assists along the way in the opening game.  On team Slovakia was Marian Hossa and he played a Hossa like game except for the fact of being on the wrong side of a 7-1 score. Hossa picked up an assist on the lone Slovakian goal and probably more enjoyable was when he shoved T.J. Oshie to the ground with extreme ease.

The hardest thing about watching Olympic hockey is cheering for players you usually hate and cheer against which is evident when Ryan Kesler is playing alongside Patrick Kane. The combo of Doc and Edzo were driving home the point throughout the broadcast that the  Kane/Kesler chemistry seemed to be improving in front of our eyes.  Chemistry will be much more important when the USA face Russia on their home ice come Saturday morning.

The one thing most people didn’t mention was that Jonathan Quick was very solid in net stopping 22 out of 23 shots. He had to make a few big saves but pretty much had an easy night.  The only real controversy is Quick vs Ryan Miller which is a great problem to have and really the true strength of the team regardless of the 7 goal explosion by the team on Thursday.

A great start for Team USA with a much much tougher test Saturday morning.  That game faces off at 6:30 eastern on NBCSN Saturday morning! What were your thoughts on Team USA 7-1 victory?