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Americans cruise in preliminary round

Updated: December 29, 2010, 12:07 AM ET
Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Minus two injured forwards, Kyle Palmieri and the U.S. team couldn't afford to get off to a slow start against Slovakia at the world junior championship tournament on Tuesday night.

They didn't and cruised to an easy 6-1 victory.

Palmieri scored goals 3:31 apart during a first-period outburst in which the Americans were up 2-0 before the Slovaks got their first shot. He then added an assist in a game the U.S. outshot Slovakia 57-18 and showed no effects of playing ...

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