Olympic Three Stars: USA flattens Slovakia; Canadians sluggish in win

Jen Neale
Puck Daddy

No. 1 Star: Ryan Kesler, United States

Slovakia scored first and 1:06 later Kesler answered to begin the American's offensive explosion (Bobby Ryan, who? That was mean...) In addition to his goal, he had an assist, was a plus-4 and went 11-2 on the dot in Team USA's 7-1 thumping of Slovakia.

No. 2 Star: Patrice Bergeron, Canada

Bergeron set-up Shea Weber for Canada's first goal and made a beauty of a pass to Jamie Benn for the second. The latter ended up being the game winner. Canada beat Norway 3-1. (Only three goals, Canada?!)

No. 3 Star: Robert Kristan, Slovenia

The Russians were expected to massacre the lone NHL-er Anze Kopitar and his teammates from Slovenia. Instead, the Slovenians kept pace until a two-goal third period giving the Russians the 5-2 victory. Slovenian goaltender Kristan kept his team in the game with 30 saves on the likes of Ovechkin, Malkin, Kovalchuk, Datyuk, et. al.

Honorable mention: Austria's Michael Grabner netted a hat-trick in the 8-4 loss to Finland ... Amanda Kessel's brother Phil looks like he'll have a promising future scoring a goal and assisting on two others for the US ... Two of the younger Finns, Mikael Granlund and Sami Vatanen, picked up three points each ... Evgeni Malkin was the top point-getter for the Russians with a goal and two assists.

Did you know? Congrats to Ziga Jeglic for making the history books by scoring both of Slovenia's goals in the nation's first ever Olympic hockey appearance.

Dishonorable mention: Carey Price mishandled the puck behind his net leading to the Norwegians only goal ... Jaroslav Halak of Slovakia was pulled after giving up five goals on 25 shots; his replacement, Peter Budaj, allowed two goals on eight shots against the Americans ... Teemu Selanne played only 5:27 and did not return after first intermission due to upper-body injury (or 'small injury' per Finland PR); he was seen having his neck tended to on the bench during the first.

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