In game one of the men’s Olympic hockey tournament on Thursday morning, the United States team started out a bit slow and sloppy before the team members got their bearings on the bigger Olympic ice (there’s about 18% more ice space than in the NHL). However, once they got their feet under them and started to figure out the Slovakian defensive schemes, things really started to pick up for the USA.
It’s hard to believe when looking at the US’s win by a final score of 7-1, but this game was close until about two minutes into the second period, when the US broke the one-all tie. From there on out it was a total rout, with six second period goals from the USA as it completely blindsided a Slovakian team that just couldn’t keep up. Paul Stastny netted twice as a part of the USA’s best line with T.J. Oshie and Max Pacioretty — the threesome was all over the ice, wonderfully cycling the puck.