SOCHI, Russia—Twenty years ago, in Slovakia’s first
appearance as an independent nation, Peter
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
U.S. and Kings goaltender
Budaj didn't have much better luck or much better help, as the U.S. capitalized on Slovakia's inability to clear the puck out of danger in its own zone.
The U.S. had only a 1-0 lead on a wicked shot by
The U.S. will next face Russia, on Saturday.