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U.S. Men Stay Undefeated At Ice Hockey World Championships With Shutout Of Germany

By Karen Price | May 07, 2018, 1:46 p.m. (ET)

Alec Martinez (L) and Connor Murphy (R) battle for the puck with Yasin Ehliz of Germany at the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on May 7, 2018 in Herning, Denmark.


Goaltender Keith Kinkaid registered his second straight shutout and the U.S. men’s ice hockey team made it three wins in a row in a 3-0 victory over Germany at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on Monday in Denmark.

Including last year’s tournament, in which Team USA went 6-0-0-2, the Americans have now won nine of their last 10 tournament games. This is the U.S. men’s best stretch since winning 12 of 14 in 1931, 1933 and 1934 (there was no tournament in 1932).

Kinkaid made 24 saves while two-time Olympian Patrick Kane and Derek Ryan each scored power-play goals in the second period to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead. Alex Debrincat made it 3-0 with 9:22 left in the third period. Kane assisted on both goals, while Johnny Gaudreau and Quinn Hughes also registered assists in the victory.

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Germany beat the U.S. in the first game of last year’s tournament, but the U.S. still holds an overall 9-0-1-4-3 series advantage.

The U.S. is looking to win its 12th medal at the world championships and first since 2015, when it won bronze. Team USA will have the next two days off before resuming play against Latvia on Thursday and South Korea on Friday.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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