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Analyzing Team USA and Blackhawks at Sochi

Now that the first game of the Olympics has officially been played, it’s time to start the analyzing of Team USA. A 7-1 victory over formidable Slovakia is a great way to start out the tournament, as their first test had resounding success.

Washington Capitals’ Defenseman John Carlson got the first goal for the Americans, only for Slovak Tomas Tatar of the Detroit Red Wings to tie the game up early in the second period. A slow start was not what was expected from the US team, but the team finally got going. Five players scored in the second period, including two goals from Colorado Avalanche Center Paul Stastny. The team was able to score three goals on three shots midway through the period, leading to Slovakia replacing starter, and St. Louis Blues Goalie, Jaroslav Halak with the Montreal Canadien Peter Budaj. Budaj’s first shot came from Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and was a goal as well, making it four goals on four shots for the team.

Three Blackhawks players were playing in the game. Patrick Kane made a difference for Team USA with two assists and a +2 rating. Marian Hossa assisted on Tatar’s goal for the Slovaks while Michal Handzus had no stats for the game.

Team Canada defeated Norway 3-1, with Patrick Sharp finishing +1 and Duncan Keith assisting on Shea Weber’s goal to give the Canadians a 1-0 lead. Jonathan Toews had no stats on the game. Three Blackhawks players played yesterday for Team Sweden as well, with both Johnny Oduya and Niklas Hjalmarsson tallying one shot, while Markus Kruger had no stats.

Oduya, Hjalamarsson and Kruger will play tomorrow for Sweden against Switzerland who defeated Latvia on Wednesday 1-0, with the game’s only goal coming with seven seconds left. That game will air at 6:30 a.m. CST. The Canadians, Toews, Sharp and Keith, will take the ice at 11 a.m. CST against Austria, who is currently 0-1 after falling to Finland 8-4.

Tags: Blackhawks Chciago Blackhawks Handzus Hjalmarsson Hossa Johnny Oduya Jonathan Toews Kane Kruger Marian Hossa Markus Kruger Michal Handzus Niklas Hjalmarsson Oduya Olympics Patrick Kane Patrick Sharp Sharp Sochi Toews

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