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Team USA Shuts Out Denmark 4-0, in Second Prelim MWC Game

By, 05/05/18, 2:15PM EDT


Kinkaid collects shutout win with 20 saves

HERNING, Denmark --  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 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship.

“I thought the crowd was tremendous and rewarded by a hard-fought game by both teams,” said Jeff Blashill, head coach of the 2018 U.S. Men’s National Team. “As a team, we’ve really enjoyed our time here so far and credit to the Danish Federation and the city of Herning for all their hard work. We’ll enjoy a day off tomorrow as we turn our attention to Monday’s game against Germany.”

The U.S. (1-1-0-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) will return to action Monday (May 7) against Germany at 4:15 p.m. local time/10:15 a.m. ET. That game, along with all U.S. Men's World Championship games, will be broadcast live on NHL Network. 

Both teams exchanged scoring opportunities through the opening 10 minutes of the game, but neither team was able to convert. Team USA’s best chance in that span came 7:52 into play when Blake Coleman (Plano, Texas) and Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y.) combined for a scoring opportunity that created a net-front scramble before the puck was covered by Denmark’s Frederick Anderson.

Will Butcher (Sun Prairie, Wis.) broke through for the U.S. with 3:54 left in the frame. After a turnover in the neutral zone saw the U.S. gain possession, Johnny Gaudreau (Salem, N.J.) carried the puck across the blue line and towards the net before it was pushed over to Butcher’s stick who tucked a wrist shot into the top left corner.

Team USA doubled its lead just 2:42 into the middle frame when Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass.) connected on the power play. The power-play goal came when a slap shot at the blue line by Quinn Hughes (Orlando, Fla.) was deflected by Derek Ryan (Spokane, Wash.) before being redirected again by Kreider.

Cam Atkinson (Riverside, Conn.) increased the U.S. lead 9:14 into the second when he put home his own rebound off an initial pass from Kreider.

Kinkaid kept Denmark scoreless in the final moments of the second with a diving save to keep it 3-0 entering the final frame. 

In the final period of play, Nick Jensen (St. Paul, Minn.) closed out the scoring with 5:49 remaining when he redirected a shot from Butcher in the slot to account fo the 4-0 final.

NOTES: Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass.) was named the U.S. Player of the Game ... For the complete game stats, click here ... The initial 23-player roster can be found here ... Jeff Blashill (Detroit Red Wings) is serving as head coach for the second straight year ... The staff and players of the 2018 U.S. Men's National Team are selected by Bill Zito (Columbus Blue Jackets), general manager of the 2018 U.S. Men's National Team along with members of the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group that includes Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks), David Poile (Nashville Predators), Ray Shero (New Jersey Devils), Dale Tallon (Florida Panthers), and Jeff Gorton (New York Rangers) ... For complete coverage of the U.S. Men’s National Team, visit … The official online home of the 2018 IIHF Men’s World Championship is … The U.S. has finished in the top four of the world championship in three of the last five years ... USA Hockey's international council, chaired by Gavin Regan (Potsdam, N.Y.), has oversight responsibilities for all U.S. national teams.

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U.S. Schedule

Date Opponent Round Result Location
Tues., May 1 Denmark Exhibition W, 3-2 KVIK Hockey Arena
Herning, Denmark
Fri., May 4 Canada Preliminary W, 5-4 (SO) Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Sat., May 5 Denmark Preliminary W, 4-0 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Mon., May 7 Germany Preliminary W, 3-0 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Thurs., May 10 Latvia Preliminary W, 3-2 (OT) Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Fri., May 11 Korea Preliminary W, 13-1 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Sun., May 13 Norway Preliminary W, 9-3 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Tues., May 15 Finland Preliminary L, 2-6 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Thurs., May 17 Czech Republic Quarterfinals W, 3-2 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Sat., May 19 Sweden Semifinals L, 0-6 Royal Arena
Copenhagen, Denmark
Sun., May 20 Canada Bronze-Medal Game W, 4-1 Royal Arena
Copenhagen, Denmark

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