Capitals stars Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson wasted no time making an impact in their first games of the 2014 Olympics, each notching the first goals for their respective teams.
Ovechkin’s came just 1:17 into the first period against Olympic newcomers Slovenia. Former NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin fed Ovechkin for a perfect look skating to the right of goaltender Robert Kristan. Ovechkin snapped a wrister over the shoulder of Kristan, the first of two goals for Russia in the first period. Ovechkin would also record an assist on a Malkin goal less than two minutes later.
Carlson’s goal happened 14:27 into the first period against Slovakia. A turnover at center ice gave U.S.A. an odd-man rush on goalie Jaroslav Halak. James Van Riemsdyk pushed the puck up to a charging Phil Kessel who dropped a pass behind him to set up a slapshot for Carlson at the right circle. He made it count and gave the United States the early lead.
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