TONIGHT'S GAME: USA 5, CAN 4 (SOW)
Cam Atkinson (Riverside, Conn.) scored both goals in the shootout, Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) added two goals in regulation and Keith Kinkaid (Farmingville, N.Y.) made 40 saves as the U.S. edged Canada, 5-4, for a shootout win in the team's opening game of the tournament. Anders Lee (Edina, Minn.) and Johnny Gaudreau (Salem, N.J.) also scored in the win while Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass.) tallied two assists and four others tallied helpers.
"This was a great way to kick off the tournament," said Jeff Blashill. "We started a little slow, but I think once we got our feet under us we proved we could compete. There were some great performances by our guys tonight and we'll look to build on this as we move forward."
TEAM USA MEN'S WORLDS HISTORY AT A GLANCE
The United States enters the 2018 IIHF Men's World Championship seeking its 12th tournament medal and first since 2016, when it claimed a bronze medal. All-time, the U.S. has won gold once (1933), silver four times (1950, 1939, 1934, 1931) and bronze six times (2015, 2013, 2004, 1996, 1952, 1949).
REMEMBERING JIM JOHANNSON
Prior to tonight's game, the IIHFl recognized Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of USA Hockey and general manager of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, who passed away in his sleep at his home in Colorado Springs on Jan. 21. Johannson, born March 10, 1964, in Rochester, Minn., had a life-long career in hockey and was one of the most accomplished and respected people in the sport. Johannson's time with USA Hockey included 34 gold, 19 silver and 11 bronze medals; the launching and implementation of the highly acclaimed American Development Model; and securing USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich. as a home for all U.S. teams to utilize. He had served on 18 consecutive U.S. Men’s National Teams (1999-2017).
LARKIN CALLS INTO NHL NOW
Yesterday, U.S. alternate captain and Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) joined NHL Now to discuss playing for the U.S. at the 2018 IIHF Men's World Championship and the compete level of the tournament. To watch the video, click the blue button.
LOOK AHEAD: U.S. MEETS DENMARK TOMORROW
Tomorrow, the 2018 U.S. Men’s National Team will face Denmark in its second game of the 2018 IIHF Men’s World Championship here in Herning, Denmark. Puck drop at Jyske Bank Boxen is set for 8:15 p.m. local time (2:15 p.m. ET) and will be televised live in the U.S. exclusively on NHL Network.