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One of the knocks on Team USA heading into Sochi was the lack of offensive depth. Critics could easily point to the strength of Team Canada and Russia in the offensive department, and it was assumed that in a one-on-one battle, the U.S. would wilt.
The Americans made a statement during their 7-1 win over Team Slovakia. Heading into the tournament it was assumed that Patrick Kane and Zach Parise would be the top stars, but it didn't look like that during Thursday's contest.
Paul Stastny scored two goals, and Ryan Kesler, David Backes, John Carlson, Phil Kessel and Dustin Brown each added a goal.
It should be noted that Team USA put up this offensive onslaught against one of the NHL's best goaltenders Jaroslav Halak, and this wasn't just a pummeling of a no-name netminder.
The biggest takeaway from this game is that Team USA has a ton of offensive weapons—more than most critics thought they had.