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United States trounces Slovakia in Olympic opener; host Russians drop Slovenia

By John Vogl

The United States couldn't have asked for a better start at the Olympics.

After taking a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, Team USA pounced on Slovakia with six goals in the second period for an easy 7-1 victory. Phil Kessel led the Americans with three points, including a goal, while Paul Stastny scored twice. Buffalo's Patrick Kane had two assists for a spot on the American score sheet.

Slovak goaltender Jaroslav Halak took a seat on the bench after allowing five goals on 25 shots in 33:30. He plays for St. Louis, which is believed to be interested in acquiring Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller.

Host Russia, meanwhile, needed two third-period goals to pull away from Slovenia and earn a 5-2 win. Finland routed Thomas Vanek and Austria, 8-4, as the former Sabres captain had one assist.

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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