US routs Norway 9-3 at hockey worlds, Czechs blank France
HERNING, Denmark (AP) Captain Patrick Kane scored two goals for the second straight game and added an assist to lead the United States to a 9-3 victory over Norway for its sixth straight win at the ice hockey world championship on Sunday.
Defending champion Sweden also recorded its sixth win, 5-3 at the expense of Switzerland, while Finland was upset by Germany 3-2 in overtime – a day after the Finnish team outplayed Canada.
The Czech Republic beat France 6-0 for its second consecutive shutout.
Kane scored with a slap shot from the right circle on a power play to open the scoring and added another power play goal almost from the same spot for a 2-0 lead.
The forward leads the tournament with 15 points for five goals and 10 assists.
”A good performance by the team tonight,” Kane said. ”We had a lot of different guys to contribute and chip in, which is good to see, and give us a lot of confidence going into the next game against Finland.”
”Our goal is to keep winning, to keep getting better,” Atkinson said.
Norway got its goals from Kristian Forsberg, Ken Andre Olimb and Mathis Olimb.
Markus Eisenschmid scored the winner for Germany against Finland two minutes into overtime.
”For us to get a win against a nation that plays such good hockey is pretty big,” Germany captain Dennis Seidenberg said.
A day after a 5-1 victory over Canada, Eeli Tolvanen put Finland 1-0 up in the first period when the Germans were held to just two shots on goal.
But they came back in the second period. Frederik Tiffels tied it at 1 and Bjorn Krupp scored for a 2-1 lead. Sebastian Aho scored the equalizer for Finland with 2:06 left in regulation, forcing overtime.
”We were little bit down in the second period,” Finland captain Mikael Granlund said. ”Their goalie played a great game. Let’s move from there and let’s get ready for the next one.”
Germany goaltender Mathias Niederberger made 36 saves.
Goaltender David Rittich stopped 10 shots for the shutout.
The United States tops Group B in Herning with 16 points, three more than Finland.
Denmark has 11 points in third, followed by Canada on 10, which has played one game less. Latvia is on nine points and Germany has seven. Norway remains on three.
Sweden leads Group A in Copenhagen with 17 points, followed by Russia with 13. The Czechs are one point back with 12, while Switzerland is fourth with nine, one more than Slovakia in fifth.
The first four teams from each group advance to the quarterfinals.