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SOCHI, Russia - The U.S. men's hockey team crushed Slovakia in their first game of Olympic play in Sochi Thursday.

David Backes of the St. Louis Blues had one of the goals, and several of his Blues teammates had assists.

LINK: Full coverage of Sochi Olympics

The team is now looking forward to their next test against host country Russia on Saturday.

NewsChannel 5's Casey Nolen joined us live from Olympic Park in Sochi.

Click the video player above to watch his story.

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