US coasts past France 4-2

The United States beat France 4-2 Saturday to take the lead in

its group at the ice hockey world championships.

Stephen Gionta and Bobby Butler gave the Americans a 2-0 lead in

the first period, and captain Paul Stastny and David Moss added

goals in the third.

Kevin Hecquefeuille scored first for France in the second period

and Yorick Treille added a late goal.

American goaltender Ben Bishop had 15 saves, including a couple

of key stops to keep his team ahead early in the third. Cristobal

Huet had 32 saves for France.

In Stockholm, Switzerland took the lead in the other group with

a 4-1 victory over Denmark. Switzerland has 14 points from five

games, one one point ahead of Canada.

Luca Cunti, Ryan Gardner, Reto Suri and Nino Niederreiter scored

for Switzerland.