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U.S. sizzling heading to next round

Phil Kessel is scoring, the goaltending is strong, heading to elimination round

Updated: February 16, 2014, 2:17 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

SOCHI, Russia -- For the second Olympics in a row, the U.S. men's team has run the table in the preliminary round, handling the first-time Olympians from Slovenia by a 5-1 count on Sunday for a third straight win in Russia.

The win, a workmanlike effort that not surprisingly lacked the emotional juice of Saturday's thrilling shootout win over hosts Russia, means the Americans earn a bye to the quarterfinals. But unlike four years ago, when the U.S. won all three preliminary-round games ...

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