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The United States got on the board first, 14 minutes in, when Phil Kessel made a drop pass to John Carlson at the top of the faceoff circle, and Carlson unleashed a rocket to beat Jaroslav Halak. The Slovakians would tie it up just 24 seconds into the second frame, with Tomas Tatar making a nice move to the right of Jonathan Quick, and firing one right past him. The play was actually offside, however the linesmen missed it, and the goal counted.
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But the Americans weren't finished for the second period, as they put three more goals on the board later that period in less than 2 minutes, coming from Stastny (2), Kessel, and Dustin Brown. Following Stastny's second goal, Slovakia switched goalies, putting in Peter Budaj.
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SVK Jaroslav Halak and Peter Budaj combined for 26 saves on 33 shots
USA had 11 players tallying at least a point.
USA Paul Stastny scored 2 goals, and was the only player who did so
USA Phil Kessel lead in points, with 3 (1 goal, 2 assists)
USA Joe Pavelski was the only American with a minus rating, with a -1
USA defensemen Ryan Suter and Paul Martin led the team, tied with 19:46 TOI
SVK Andrej Sakera led Slovakia with 19:08 TOI
Slovakia recorded 2 penalties, and the U.S. has only one
stats via sochi2014.com
The United States returns to action Saturday morning at 7:30 ET to take on Russia
Slovakia returns on Saturday at 3 am ET to take on Slovenia
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