John Carlson celebrates his goal on Slovakia during the first period. (REUTERS/Jim Young)

The U.S. men’s hockey team responded to Slovakia’s first goal by appearing to be a different team. David Backes completed a mad scramble in front of the Slovaikian net by whacking the puck past goaltender Jaroslav Halak, putting the Americans up 4-1.

Four American skaters outmuscled the Slovakian defense to keep the puck alive in front of Halak, who has now faced 22 shots — and the game is not even halfway over.