USA Dominates Slovenia, Wins Group A

usaPhil Kessel’s natural hat trick, Joe Pavelski‘s three assists, and a strong performance from Ryan Miller led the US to a runaway 5-1 win over Slovenia on Sunday morning. With the victory, the United States clinched Group A.

Kessel opened the scoring 64 seconds into the game and found the back of the net again less than four minutes later. His third came in the second period, and was followed by goals from Ryan McDonagh and, in the third period, David Backes as the US built a 5-0 lead. Unfortunately, Miller allowed only one goal with 17.6 seconds left in regulation but was very good throughout.

Patrick Kane skated 16:07 and was credited with two shots on goal in the game.

For Slovenia, Anze Kopitar did not return for the third period. Indications after the game were that Kopitar may have been sick.

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Also on Sunday morning, Russia defeated Slovakia 1-0 in a shootout. Marian Hossa was credited with three shots on goal in 19:41 and Michal Handzus contributed one shot in 20:09 in the loss. Handzus shot first in the shootout for Slovakia, but was not successful.

In the “late” game Saturday, Sweden defeated Latvia 5-3 to clinch Group C. Niklas Hjalmarsson, Johnny Oduya and Marcus Kruger were each without a point in the victory. With three regulation wins, Sweden will be one of the top two seeds (depending on the Canada-Finland final).

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3 Responses to USA Dominates Slovenia, Wins Group A

  1. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    Honestly, I didn’t like how the US played in either of the last two games. They will need to step it up in terms of the puck movement and back checking. Russia limps to the next game, but I still think there is too much talent on that club not to win gold. Shades of Canada in Vancouver in 2010.

    Beware Sweden. They could indeed win the gold. Nobody is talking about them.

  2. McKay says:

    Kane’s a lot more effective on a line with Pavelski or Parise. Either Kelser or Brown is fine but not both.

    I only caught the Sweden / Switzerland game. The Swiss were extremely physical with Sweden and it gave them trouble. The Swiss looked like an actual team that had practiced together a lot, whereas the Swedes looked like an All-Star team still trying to find their way—which is what they are. Lots of respect for both those teams.

  3. Mike says:

    In this Bizzaro world Handzus has more ice time than Hossa……..Zues is gonna need a 2 week vacation.
    RTF, I am with ya. Out of the top 6 teams, the coach who can find the best chemistry the quickest has the upper hand. So far the US is not quite there, and let’s be honest, Russia should be seeded ahead of the US.

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