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SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist in a breathtaking start and the Russians went on to beat Slovenia 5-2 Thursday in their Sochi Olympics opener.

Ovechkin scored 1:17 after the puck dropped with a wrist shot that made the crowd roar. The superstar made the flag-waving fans gasp in awe 2:37 later with a drop pass to set up Evgeni Malkin's goal that gave Russia a 2-0 lead.

The Slovenians were competitive for two-plus periods in their first Olympic hockey game ever.

Ziga Jeglic had two goals in the second period - one before Evgeni Malkin scored and one after - to pull Slovenia, a team with one NHL player, within a score of a talented team.

Russia created a cushion with two goals in the third.

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