To light a fire, one must have a spark.
In the U.S. Men’s Olympic hockey opener against Team Slovakia in Sochi, Russia on Thursday, the spark that lit the fire under the U.S. team on the way to a 7-1 victory was Indiana Ice alum and Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson.
On his way to a two-point (1G, 1A) night, Carlson became the first American to light the lamp, firing the puck past Slovakia netminder Jaroslav Halak at 14:27 in the first to give the U.S. contingent a 1-0 lead. What followed next was a veritable blaze of offense in which the American team ratcheted up a total of seven goals.
One goal and one assist for a two point night—not bad for the first game of John Carlson’s Olympic career.
The next contest for Carlson and the American contingent will be a preliminary round showdown with Team Russia, Saturday Feb. 15 at 7:30 am. The matchup will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).