Us Upsets Canada, Russia Blanks France To Begin Worlds

 

Will Butcher, left, of the United States and Keith Kinkaid, center, of the United States save against Canada’s Connor McDavid, right, during the Ice Hockey World Championships group B match between United States and Canada at the Jyske bank Boxen arena in Herning, Denmark, Friday, May 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)


HERNING, Denmark (AP) — Cam Atkinson scored the winner for the United States to prevail over Canada 5-4 after a penalty shootout in their opening game at the world ice hockey championship on Friday.

Dylan Larkin also scored twice for the United States to hand Canada a bitter start to its quest for a third world title in four years.

Olympic champion Russia thrashed France 7-0.

At 4-3 down, Canada captain Connor McDavid found defenseman Colton Parayko between the circles to equalize with 9:12 remaining.

In overtime, both teams wasted a power play, and the game was decided in the shootout.

Later Friday, defending champion Sweden played Belarus, and Olympic runner-up Germany faced host Denmark.

Johnny Gaudreau, front, of the United States celebrates with teammates after the Ice Hockey World Championships group B match between United States and Canada at the Jyske bank Boxen arena in Herning, Denmark, Friday, May 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)


 

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