Carlson sees more action in USA's win over Slovenia

Carlson sees more action in USA's win over Slovenia
February 16, 2014, 10:30 am
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The United States closed out the preliminary round in Group A with another convincing win, this a 5-1 drubbing of Slovenia. Phil Kessel was the star with a natural hat trick and Joe Pavelski did his part assisting all three scores. Goalie Ryan Miller fell 17.6 seconds short of a shutout as Marcel Rodman finally squeaked one through late in the third.

Ryan McDonagh scored U.S.A.'s fourth goal midway through the second, and David Backes hammered home the fifth just over three minutes into the third. Ten different Americans registered points with Kessel and Pavelski leading the way with three apiece.

The United States now has a bye into the quarterfinals and will have two days off before they pick back up on Wednesday. Tuesday will hold the men's qualification round when Team USA's next opponent will be determined.

Highlights:

--John Carlson saw a healthy 15:55 of ice time after seeing under four minutes in U.S.A.'s win over Russia on Saturday. He recorded a +1 after being on the ice for Kessel's third goal. Carlson did not have a shot on goal, but was noticeably more aggressive with pushing the puck on Sunday than he was the day before.

--Carlson had a decent look several minutes into the second period when skating across the front of the net. He was skating to his left and had a difficult angle shooting from his right, and his shot was deflected wide of the net. Carlson also helped set up Patrick Kane for a good scoring chance with 14:55 remaining in the first period. He smoked an outlet pass halfway up the ice off the boards that made its way to Kane skating in the offensive zone. 

Watch highlights of USA's win over Slovenia (VIDEO)

Stats:

John Carlson

Points - 0
Shots on goal - 0
Penalty minutes - 0
Plus/minus - +1
Ice time - 15:55
Shifts - 16
Average shift - 0:59

Up next: 

Quarterfinal round, Wednesday 2/19

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