The United States Olympic hockey team used a six-goal second period to blow out Slovakia 7-1 Thursday in Sochi.
The second period featured goals from Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, David Backes, Dustin Brown and two from Paul Stastny.
Kesler's goal at 1:26 of the second turned out to be the game winner.
It was Stastny's second goal that put the U.S. ahead 5-1 and resulted in Halak's exit. Peter Budaj came in replacement but wasn't effective, allowing goals by Brown and Kessel.
Tomas Tatar had the lone high point for the Slovaks when he scored the first goal of the second period, tying 1-1 just 24 seconds into the second by beating U.S. goalie Jonathan Quick on a snapshot.
John Carlson scored the first U.S. goal at 14:27 in the first period.
Toronto Maple Leaf teammates James van Riemsdyk and Kessel put on a show, combining for five points.
The U.S. finished with 33 shots to the Slovakian's 23.