Keith Kinkaid (Farmingville, N.Y.) made 20 saves and three U.S. players recorded a goal and an assist as the 2018 U.S. Men's National Team earned a 4-0 victory over Denmark here tonight in its second preliminary round game of the 2018 IIHF Men's World Championship. Will Butcher (Sun Prairie, Wis.), Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass.), Cam Atkinson (Riverside, Conn.) and Nick Jensen (St. Paul, Minn.) all scored in the win.
A number of U.S. players continue to collect points on the international stage. Leading all U.S. skaters internationally in points is Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y.), whose assist last night gives him 44 points (18-26) in 37 international games across IIHF, Olympic and World Cup of Hockey play. Ranking second is Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) with 33 points (13-20) in 40 IIHF games. In his last three meetings against Canada, Larkin has tallied four points (2-2). Sitting third in the U.S. point totals is Johnny Gaudreau (Salem, N.J.), who now has 31 points (16-15) in 24 IIHF games played. Of Johnny's 31 points, 22 have come in 17 IIHF Men's World Championship games.
ROSTER SPOTLIGHT: KINKAID'S DEVELOPMENT
Yesterday's U.S. Player of the Game, goaltender Keith Kinkaid (Farmingville, N.Y.) started his hockey career with the Long Island Gulls in Long Island, N.Y. The same youth hockey organization as teammate Sonny Milano (Massapequa, N.Y.), Kinkaid's time with the Gulls ended when he moved to the USHL's Des Moines Buccaneers. In 2008-09, he journeyed to the NAHL where he led the St. Louis Bandits to that season's Robertson Cup championship while earning honors as Most Valuable Player and Goaltender of the Year. After two seasons with Union College in the ECAC Hockey conference, Kinkaid signed with the New Jersey Devils as a free agent, where he has remained in the organization for the last seven seasons. The 2017-18 season saw him register a career-high 26 wins in a career-high 38 starts.