By Paul D. Bowker | May 18, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
The U.S. men's ice hockey team celebrates after its quarterfinal at the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on May 17, 2018 in Herning, Denmark.

 

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The U.S. Men’s National Ice Hockey Team is within two victories of a world title in Denmark.

After defeating the Czech Republic 3-2 in the quarterfinal round on Thursday at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, Team USA is next in the semifinals on Saturday at Royal Arena in Copenhagen. The medal round is scheduled for Sunday.

Team USA won its first six games in the preliminary round, marking its best start in the world championships in 85 years, when its one and only world title to date. Its only loss in the prelims was to Finland on Tuesday. The U.S. outscored its opponents in the preliminary round 39-16, including two shutout wins by New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid.

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With two more goals on Thursday, one of them the game-winner, two-time Olympian and team captain Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks extended his U.S. record with 19 points (including an also-record 11 assists) at a single world championship.

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

TV: 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET Saturday, 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, NHL Network

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