Paul Stastny, Phil Kessel, and the rest of the U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team destroyed Slovakia on Feb. 13, bringing the team one step closer to the gold.
The Winter Olympic Sochi Games just got a heck of a lot more interesting. After defeating Slovakia 7-1 on Feb. 13, the men’s hockey team will face off against Mother Russia on Saturday the 15th.
Men’s U.S. Olympic Hockey Team Beats Slovakia 7-1
That. Was. Killer.
The American team — led by Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny, whose father Peter once played for the Slovakian team — scored six times in the second period, to tie an a U.S. Olympic record for most goals in a period that was established in 1956, then tied three more times.
In addition to Paul’s two goals, Phil Kessel, Dustin Brown, Ryan Kesler, John Carlson and David Backes also scored for the USA.
Detroit Red Wings star Tomas Tatar scored Slovakia’s only goal against the U.S.’s goalie, Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings. Quick had 22 saves throughout the game, which was previously expected to be a close match.
U.S. To Face Russia
The U.S. team is hoping to improve upon their silver medal status from the 2010 Vancouver games, but they’ll need to get past Russia on Feb. 15 if they want to make it happen. Alex Ovechkin and the Russians also won on Thursday, beating Slovenia 5-2 in their Sochi Olympics opener.
What did you think of the U.S. hockey team’s big win, HollywoodLifers? Do we have what it takes to beat Russia and win the gold?
— Shaunna Murphy