SOCHI, RUSSIA -- Former University of North Dakota All-American T.J. Oshie dished out a pair of assists as the United States opened the Olympics with a 7-1 win over Slovakia today.
Oshie, who now stars for the NHL's St. Louis Blues, assisted on a pair of Paul Stastny goals in the second period, a period in which the U.S. scored six times to turn a 1-0 lead into a 7-1 blowout. The Warroad, Minn., native was also a +2 in his 10 minutes, 50 seconds of ice time.
Team USA captain Zach Parise, also a former UND All-American, did not reach the scoresheet but ranked second among U.S. forwards in ice time with 17:03. Only Ryan Kesler, who played 18:34, had more among American forwards.
“I guess you never really expect to beat a team like that 7-1, and you never do it in a tournament like this,” Parise told the Associated Press. “We just capitalized on the chances we had, moved the puck well and used our speed.”
The U.S. is back in action on Saturday against host Russia. That game can be seen live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 6:30 a.m. Central.
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