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U.S. tops Germans 3-1 for 5th win in row at world championship

Germany v United States: Group A - 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Slovakia

KOSICE, SLOVAKIA - MAY 19: Jack Eichel #9 of United States celebrate with his team mates after he scores the 3rd goal during the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Slovakia group A game between Germany and United States at Steel Arena on May 19, 2019 in Kosice, Slovakia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

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KOSICE, Slovakia (AP) -- Dylan Larkin scored midway through the third period to help the United States beat Germany 3-1 Sunday at the world championships.

Alec Martinez had two assists for the U.S., and Cory Schneider stopped 24 shots. Jack Eichel made it 3-1 late in the third.

Frederik Tiffels put Germany in front midway through the first period, and James van Riemsdyk tied it for the Americans less than two minutes later.

The U.S. has won five straight games in Group A since opening with a 4-1 loss to the host Slovaks.

''This is a hard tournament, harder than I think people realize,’' U.S. coach Jeff Blashill said. ''We got some real strong performances from guys like (Ryan) Suter, Martinez, Larkin and van Riemsdyk, but I thought Jack Eichel really raised his game and played like he wasn’t going to be denied.’'

The U.S. closes the preliminary round Tuesday against rival Canada, and the quarterfinals begin Thursday.

The Americans trail group-leading Finland, which blanked France 3-0 with a goal in each period and Kevin Lankinen’s strong play in net.

Michael Frolik scored to help the Czech Republic beat winless Austria 8-0 in Bratislava in Group B. In the same group, Nikita Kucherov scored twice and Russia beat Switzerland 3-0 to stay undefeated.


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