Perfect start for Team USA

No signs of nerves or anxiousness for Americans in a 7-1 rout of Slovakia

Updated: February 13, 2014, 1:01 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

SOCHI, Russia -- If U.S. head coach Dan Bylsma had written down a list of things he hoped in his wildest dreams might take place during his team's first Olympic game against Slovakia, let's put it this way: He'd be fresh out of check marks.

Balanced scoring? Check.

Youthful defense showing no jitters? Check.

Solid goaltending? Check.

Dominating work in the faceoff circle? Check.

Staying out of the penalty box? Check.

Up-tempo pace that kept the Slovaks ...

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