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US Takes on Slovakia in Men’s Olympic Hockey

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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by GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer

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 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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