This blowout had a bit of restraint.
Jenny Potter scored three goals in the first 22 minutes while becoming the leading women’s hockey scorer in US Olympic history, and the Americans opened the preliminary round of the tournament with a 12-1 romp over China yesterday in Vancouver.
Meghan Duggan of Danvers, Mass., scored twice for the Americans, who got the expected result when a seasoned power takes on a developing team. The Americans didn’t quite match Canada’s 18-0 rout of Slovakia Saturday, in part because they remained patient for scoring chances.
China allowed 11 straight goals before Jin Fengling scored on a power play with 2:21 left.
Potter had 5 points while notching her first Olympic hat trick, and fellow four-time Olympian Angela Ruggiero scored the first goal in the avalanche in front of a crowd that included Vice President Joe Biden and 1980 US hockey captain Mike Eruzione.
Another “Miracle on Ice’’ hero had a better seat: Mark Johnson, who scored two goals in that victory over the Soviet Union, has returned to the Olympics 30 years later as US women’s coach.
Late in a thoroughly one-sided game, China got a minor miracle of its own. The North American crowd roared when Jin threaded a backhand shot through traffic past Brianne McLaughlin, triumphantly slapping her stick on the ice.
The Americans outshot China, 61-7, scoring five goals in the first period and rarely even allowing a potential scoring rush by the Chinese, who got 49 saves from goalie Shi Yao.
Molly Schaus of Natick, Mass., and Boston College played the first 52 minutes in goal before McLaughlin relieved.
Finland 5, Russia 1 - Nina Tikkinen scored two goals, Marjo Voutilainen got the go-ahead score in the second period, and the Finns rebounded from an early deficit to beat the Russians.