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2018 MWC Gameday: U.S. To Battle Canada in Bronze Medal Game

05/20/2018, 4:30am EDT
By USAHockey.com

Puck drop is set for 9:45 a.m. ET live on NHL Network

The U.S. Men's National Team meets Canada tonight in the bronze medal game of the 2018 IIHF Men's World Championship here in Copenhagen, Denmark. Puck drop is set for 3:45 p.m. local time (9:45 a.m. ET) at the Royal Arena and will be televised live in the U.S. exclusively on NHL Network.
    The United States and Canada have met 45 times previously in a Men's World Championship, but are meeting for the first time in a bronze medal game. Its most recent meeting occurred in this year's tournament-opening game, when the U.S. claimed a 5-4 U.S. overtime shootout win in Herning, Denmark.

THINGS WORTH MENTIONING
Team USA is the home team and will wear its blue jersey ... Patrick Kane (8-11--19) leads the tournament in points and ranks second in both goals and assists ... Keith Kinkaid is one win shy of tying Ed Maki (1939) and Connor Hellebuyck (2015) for the U.S. single tournament record for most wins by a goaltender at seven ... The U.S. has won seven tournament games for the fourth time (2015-bronze, 2013-bronze; 1939-silver) ... Cam Atkinson, Patrick Kane and Keith Kinkaid were named the Top 3 U.S. Players of the tournament ... Seven members of Team USA have faced Canada in a medal game, registering a 2-2 (W-L) with three of those games needing extra time ... Since 2010, the U.S. and Canada have met in a medal game 26 times, including one bronze medal game (2016 MU18). Team USA is 6-9-3-8 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in those games ... Chris Chelios became the 23rd American to be enshrined into the IIHF Hall of Fame when he was inducted today as a member of the Class of 2018.

ADDING TO THE MEDAL COUNT
A win today would give Team USA its 12th tournament medal and first since 2015, when it also 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). Of Team USA's six bronze medals, four were claimed by winning bronze medal games while two came tournament standing.

THE SERIES vs. CANADA
All-time, the U.S. trails Canada in the head-to-head series by a 1-4-1-39-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) record in tournament play.
    In the preliminary round meeting, 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, in a shootout win. 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. Kinkaid's 40 save performance, which earned him U.S. Player of the Game honors, was the most by a U.S. netminder in tournament play since May 6, 2011.

THE U.S. IN BRONZE MEDAL GAMES
The United States is 4-4 in eight previous bronze medal games in the IIHF Men's World Championship. The IIHF has used various formats over its history, including round robin, double round robin and round-robin medal play among the most common. All-time, the United States has claimed seven bronze medals in the world championship. Of those six, two have come by virtue of the medal being determined by standings.

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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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