SOCHI, Russia — After a fairly ragged first period, Team USA finally scored against Slovakia on a slap shot from Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson with 5:33 remaining in the opening frame, giving the Americans a 1-0 lead.
Carlson, the only Capital on the American team, took a nice drop pass from Phil Kessel and blasted his shot over the right shoulder of Slovakian goalie Jaroslav Halak, who plays for the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL.
Carlson’s goal held up to the end of the first period, in which the Americans put 11 shots on Halak. U.S. goalie Jonathan Quick, who started over 2010 Olympic tournament MVP Ryan Miller, saved all four shots he faced.
This is Carlson’s Olympic debut.