Two-time Olympian Patrick Kane scored twice, including the game-winner, as the U.S. moved past the Czech Republic with a 3-2 victory in the quarterfinal round of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on Thursday in Herning, Denmark.
The Americans were coming off a 6-2 loss to Finland on Tuesday to close out preliminary play, their first loss of the tournament.
Kane, the team captain, opened the scoring at 10:36 of the first period followed by a goal from Cam Atkinson less than two minutes later to give Team USA a 2-0 lead. Momentum would shift to the Czechs in the second period, however, as they scored to cut the lead to one five minutes into the period, then tied it at 10:55 on the power play.
After successfully killing off a penalty early in the third, Kane broke through with his second goal of the game seven minutes into the third and the U.S. was able to hold off the competition the rest of the way. Kane now has eight goals in the tournament to go along with 11 assists, extending his own U.S. scoring record for total points at a single world championship tournament.
Derek Ryan had two assists and Johnny Gaudreau and Nick Bonino each added one. Goaltender Keith Kinkaid made 24 saves.
Team USA will compete in the semifinal Saturday, May 19, when it hopes to secure its first world medal in three years.