Paul Stastny celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Jaroslav Halak  of Slovakia in the second period of their opening hockey game. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

After Slovakia needed just 26 seconds of the second period to tie its men’s hockey game with Team USA, the Americans absolutely looked like a different team, exploding for six goals over the rest of the period to take a 7-1 lead with 20 minutes remaining.

Paul Stastny had two goals for the U.S., which drove Slovakian goalie Jaroslav Halak from the game. The other American goal-scorers in the period: Ryan Kesler, David Backes, Phil Kessel and Dustin Brown.

Capitals defenseman John Carlson, who scored the only goal of the first period, assisted on Brown’s goal.

The U.S. is out-shooting Slovakia, which now has Peter Budaj in net, 27-17.