World Championship Buzz: United States defeats Canada in opener –

The 2018 IIHF World Championship in Denmark are a showcase for NHL players of the present, past and future who are not involved in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 16-nation tournament begins May 4 and runs through May 20.

Close to 100 NHL players are involved in this year’s tournament as a star-studded Sweden looks to defend its gold medal. Stars include Canada’s Connor McDavid, the Edmonton Oilers forward, and Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, who is the captain for the United States.

Most of the World Championship games will be broadcast by NHL Network, including every United States game. The NHL Network schedule is here.

The World Championship Buzz is’s hub for all the results and news from the tournament.

Friday, May 4

USA 5, Canada 4 (SO): Cam Atkinson scored twice in the shootout for the United States, which opened the tournament with a Group B victory, outscoring Canada 2-1 in the tiebreaker after the game was tied through overtime.

Atkinson, the Columbus Blue Jackets forward, scored in the first and sixth rounds of the shootout. Jordan Eberle (New York Islanders) scored for Canada in the second round. Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers), Canada’s captain, could not take part in the shootout because he was in the penalty box at the end of overtime.

Dylan Larkin, (Detroit Red Wings), scored twice and Anders Lee (Islanders) and Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames) each had a goal. New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid made 40 saves and stopped five of six attempts in the shootout, denying Eberle to end the game.

Pierre-Luc Dubois (Blue Jackets) and Ryan O’Reilly (Buffalo Sabres) scored in the first period to give Canada a 2-0 lead. Anthony Beauvillier (Islanders) and Colton Parayko (St. Louis Blues) also scored. Cam Talbot (Oilers) made 19 saves.


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