News

U.S. crushes Slovakia in Sochi opener

U.S. crushes Slovakia in Sochi opener

TEAM U.S.A.: Team USA's John Carlson (L) celebrates his goal on Slovakia's goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) as Team USA's James van Riemsdyk (R) reacts during the first period of their men's preliminary round ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Games. Photo: Reuters

By Frank Pingue

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The United States kicked off their quest for the men’s ice hockey gold medal at the Sochi Olympics with a 7-1 rout of Slovakia on Thursday.

The Americans, looking to improve on their silver from the 2010 Games, scored six goals in the second period to snuff out any hopes Slovakia had of pulling off an upset.

Slovakia, who made an unlikely run to the bronze medal game in 2010, made a decent start and drew even at 1-1 with a goal 24 seconds into the second period.

SPECIAL SECTION: 2014 Winter Olympics

However, they were unable to keep pace with the Americans, who responded with a goal a minute later before pulling away to complete the rout ahead of the intermission.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Recent Headlines

3 days ago in Sports

The weekend sports schedule

penscaps16120076416963

Here’s a look at some of the sporting events taking place this weekend.

3 days ago in Sports

The best sports shots this week

goffdraft870850982276

A look at some of the biggest plays and best moments in sports this week.

3 days ago in Sports

Reigning NL batting champ banned 80 games for doping

marlinsdeeREUTERS

Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins was suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball said.

3 days ago in Sports, Viral Videos

Watch Richard Sherman pick up unsuspecting passengers

20-overlay-14

The Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl winner takes a side gig as a driver for Lyft.

3 days ago in Sports

NFL: Raiders hope to move to Vegas

markdavisraiders16119669574354

Raiders owner Mark Davis says he wants to move the team to Las Vegas and is willing to spend a half billion dollars as part of a deal for a new stadium in the city.