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Paul Stastny leads U.S. past Slovakia, 7-1, in Olympic men's hockey

Paul Stastny leads U.S. past Slovakia, 7-1, in Olympic men's hockey

SOCHI, Russia—Twenty years ago, in Slovakia’s first Winter Olympics appearance as an independent nation, Peter Stastny was given the honor of carrying the country’s flag into the opening ceremony of the Lillehammer Games. In an odd twist of hockey fate, Stastny’s American-raised son, Paul, played against his father’s homeland Thursday and confirmed the quality of his own international hockey credentials. Paul Stastny contributed two of six goals scored by Team USA during a frantic second period as the Americans went on to a 7-1 rout of Slovakia at Shayba Arena in both teams’ Olympic tournament opener. Stastny, who plays for the Colorado Avalanche,...

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