COMMENTARY | Team USA's offensive power was a big question mark for many leading up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi. After their 7-1 victory over Slovakia Thursday morning, many critics should be silenced.
Team USA would tally 6 unanswered goals in the 2nd period to put the game out of reach for Slovakia. Olympic vets such as Patrick Kane (2 assists) and Phil Kessel (1 goal, 2 assists) jumped onto the scoresheet as expected. Kane's precision passing was abundant early on against Slovakia and Kessel was constantly positioning himself at the right place around the right time. Paul Stastny had a big game as well (2 goals).
Although there was a slight goaltending controversy with Jonathan Quick getting the start over Ryan Miller, Quick played a solid game in net (21 saves on 22 shots). Slovakia failed to generate many quality chances against Quick, however.
Perhaps what stood out the most from Thursday's win was that every line on Team USA scored. With all the lines rolling already, solid defense, and solid goaltending, Team USA is firing on all cyclinders early on in the Olympics. The bigger test will be when they face Russia Saturday morning (7:30 a.m. ET), but Team USA could be a much more dangerous team than many predicted.