Feb 6, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Secretary of State John Kerry stands during the National Anthem at the Verizon Center after participating in a ceremonial puck drop to honor those members of the Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets that have been selected for their country

Team USA Rolls Past Team Slovakia In Olympic Opener

Team USA opened their 2014 Sochi schedule with a preliminary matchup against Slovakia. It was very warming as a Devils fan to see so much offense in a single game.

John Carlson opened the scoring to make it 1-0 USA and that score would hold for the rest of the period. Once Tomas Tatar tied the game 1-1 24 seconds into the second period, Team USA never looked back.

Feb 11, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; USA forward Phil Kessel (81) during an ice hockey training session for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Bolshoy Training Rink. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Kesler, Paul Stastney, David Backes, Paul Stastney again, Phil Kessel, Dustin Brown, contributed to the 6 Team USA goals that were scored in the middle period.

Basically everyone joined the party today as 11 players had at least a point, 7 of those 11 had 2 points, and Phil Kessel was the only one to have 3 points.

Jonathon Quick made 22 saves on 23 shots in the winning effort while Jaroslav Halak was pulled after 20 saves on 25 shots. Peter Budaj replaced him and made 6 saves on 8 shots. Max Pacioretty and Ryan Kesler led Team USA in the plus/minus department with a +4. Pacioretty had one assist while Kesler had a goal and an assist.

Shots were very spread out on Team USA as well as 33 total shots hit the goal. Only 5 players did not register a shot on goal. Joe Pavelski (0 G, 0 A, -1) and Kessel had 4 shots each to lead the team in that department.

Team USA will be back at it on Saturday to take on Team Russia. Russia is coming off a win today against Team Slovenia. All Devils fans will get to see Ilya Kovalchuk for a good 2 and a half hours and reminisce of Stanley Cup Finals past.

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