By Paul D. Bowker | May 11, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Jesper Jensen (R) of Denmark and Chris Kreider (C) battle for the puck at the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on May 5, 2018 in Herning, Denmark.


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The U.S. Men’s National Ice Hockey Team, which includes two-time Olympian and three-time Stanley Cup winner Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, is on a roll at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

The U.S. won its first four games of the tournament and continues preliminary-round play against Korea on Friday and Norway on Sunday. Both games are at Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, Denmark.

The playoff round begins with the quarterfinals on May 17, followed by the semifinals on May 19 and the medal round on May 20.

Shutout wins by scores of 4-0 against Denmark and 3-0 against Germany marked the first back-to-back shutout wins by the U.S. since the 2010 world championships. Keith Kinkaid of the New Jersey Devils was in net for both games, lowering his goals-against average to 1.30 in three games.

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The U.S. team also includes alternate captain Connor Murphy of the Chicago Blackhawks, who is the fourth player in U.S. history to play in five consecutive world championships.

The U.S. has finished among the top four teams in three of the last five world championships.

TV: 2 p.m. ET Friday, 10 a.m. Sunday, NHL Network

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.