Detroit Red Wings help USA topple Russia at IIHF World Championships

The Detroit Red Wings helped USA become the first team to slay Russia at the World Championship. 

Forward Dylan Larkin had a goal and an assist and goaltender Jimmy Howard made 16 saves Tuesday in Cologne, Germany, as USA handed Russia its first loss of the tournament, 5-3.

It was the sixth straight victory for the U.S., and it secured first place in Group A standings. The quarterfinal opponent will be known later today.

USA, coached by Jeff Blashill, also beat the other elite team in the Group A, Sweden. Russia, though, loomed as a daunting opponent in the last preliminary round, having allowed just five goals through the first six games. Both Russia and USA had secured quarterfinal spots before the contest.

Russia took a 1-0 lead in the first period, but USA’s Kevin Hayes converted on a power play early in the second period. Larkin got it to 2-2 midway through the second period. Tied at 3-3 going into the third period, USA’s Anders Lee scored on a power play, and Larkin set up an empty net goal for insurance in the last minute.

It continued a phenomenal tournament for Larkin, who has two goals and eight assists for 10 points in seven games. Howard, too, has shined, with a 1.81 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in five games.

Meanwhile in Paris, Petr Mrazek made 18 saves on 21 shots as his Czech Republic lost, 3-1, to Switzerland.

© 2017 Detroit Free Press


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