US beats Norway at hockey worlds

Nick Palmieri scored twice and the United States scored four

third-period goals to beat Norway 4-2 on Monday and advance to the

second round of the ice hockey world championship.

Norway took a 2-0 lead with goals 73 seconds apart from Ken

Andre Climb and Anders Bastiansen in the first period.

But Palmieri, who played for the New Jersey Devils, started the

comeback and also scored the winner after Jack Skille tied it at

2.

”Norway’s a good team,” Palmieri said. ”They came out strong

and we were sitting back little bit at the beginning, but we

realized that we had to change the momentum a little bit and during

the second period we started to play a lot better.”

The Slovak Interior Ministry said security had been stepped up

around the U.S. embassy in Bratislava and the American team in

Kosice following the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

The American players said their focus remained solely on the

tournament.

”Every game for us is emotional,” U.S. captain Mark Stuart

said. ”Playing for our country every game is big and emotional.

Nothing’s changed for us. Our emotion level is pretty high to start

with.”

”We’re just here to play hockey,” forward Derek Stepan added.

”We’re just trying to have some fun.”

Craig Smith finished the scoring with a power-play goal to put

away the Norwegians, who stunned Sweden in their first game.

Ryan Shannon added two assists and Al Montoya finished with 13

saves for the United States.

”We didn’t come out for the start we wanted to,” Stuart said.

”But we came back and played pretty well in the second half of the

game.”

The U.S. outshot Norway 49-15.

In Bratislava, defending champion Czech Republic also advanced

to the second round by cruising past Denmark 6-0.

Michael Frolik had two goals and an assist and Milan Michalek

also scored twice, with Tomas Plekanec and Petr Prucha also adding

a goal for the Czechs.