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Adam Gretz

Team USA wins big in 2014 Olympic debut

By February 13, 2014

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Day 2 of the 2014 Olympic hockey tournament produced some mixed results. Sure, everybody that was expected to win ended up winning, but it wasn't always in the way we expected.

The United States was the big winner as it rolled to a 7-1 win over Slovakia in a game that was surprisingly lopsided. Keep in mind that just four years ago Slovakia was in the Bronze medal game, and on Thursday looked like it didn't belong on the same ice as the U.S. team. We handed out some grades for that game and everybody received pretty high marks ... unless you happened to play for Slovakia.

Meanwhile, Russia and Canada, expected to roll to big wins over Slovenia and Norway respectively, played games that were probably a little too close for comfort (Russia was a 5-2 winner after entering the third period with a one-goal lead before finally pulling away late, while Canada shook off a rough first period to pick up a 3-1 win).

In the early game, Austria's Michael Grabner recorded the first hat trick of the tournament but it wasn't enough as Finland managed to put eight on the board.



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