U.S. crushes Slovakia in Sochi opener

U.S. crushes Slovakia in Sochi opener

TEAM U.S.A.: Team USA's John Carlson (L) celebrates his goal on Slovakia's goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) as Team USA's James van Riemsdyk (R) reacts during the first period of their men's preliminary round ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Games. Photo: Reuters

By Frank Pingue

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The United States kicked off their quest for the men’s ice hockey gold medal at the Sochi Olympics with a 7-1 rout of Slovakia on Thursday.

The Americans, looking to improve on their silver from the 2010 Games, scored six goals in the second period to snuff out any hopes Slovakia had of pulling off an upset.

Slovakia, who made an unlikely run to the bronze medal game in 2010, made a decent start and drew even at 1-1 with a goal 24 seconds into the second period.

SPECIAL SECTION: 2014 Winter Olympics

However, they were unable to keep pace with the Americans, who responded with a goal a minute later before pulling away to complete the rout ahead of the intermission.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment, Viral Videos

Sleeping Santa makes Christmas pics a snap


Santa Claus won't be stopped by a sleeping baby boy. He'll improvise!

in Music

Paul McCartney explains his name


McCartney's given name is James Paul McCartney, and his father has the same name.

in Music

Elton John marks World AIDS Day with call to action


The "Rocket Man" star has spent years campaigning and raising money to fight HIV/AIDS with his Elton John AIDS Foundation, and he recently announced a special partnership with the U.S. government.

in Entertainment

MOVIES: 25 Days of Christmas Films

Bad Santa

Get into the holiday spirit with these festive films!

in Lifestyle, National

How holiday shopping mania led to Giving Tuesday


If you end up with a massive money hangover after the five-day holiday shopping mania that stretches from Thanksgiving Day through Black Friday to Cyber Monday, the antidote is Giving Tuesday.


condition Condition: Overcast
Temperature: 27°
High: 42° - Low: 37°