US routs Norway 9-3 at hockey worlds, Czechs blank France
HERNING, Denmark (AP) -- Captain Patrick Kane scored two goals for the second straight game and added an assist to lead the United States to a 9-3 victory over Norway for its sixth straight win at the ice hockey world championship on Sunday.
The Czech Republic beat France 6-0 for its second consecutive shutout.
Kane scored with a slap shot from the right circle on a power play to open the scoring and added another power play goal almost from the same spot for a 2-0 lead.
The forward leads the tournament with 15 points for five goals and 10 assists.
“A good performance by the team tonight,” Kane said. “We had a lot of different guys to contribute and chip in, which is good to see, and give us a lot of confidence going into the next game against Finland.”
Dylan Larkin and Cam Atkinson had a goal and a couple assists, Charlie McAvoy got a goal and an assist in another high-scoring victory for the U.S.
“Our goal is to keep winning, to keep getting better,” Atkinson said.
Alec Martinez, Anders Lee, Colin White and Neal Pionk had a goal apiece.
Norway got its goals from Kristian Forsberg, Ken Andre Olimb and Mathis Olimb.
David Pastrnak and Roman Horak had two goals each and Dmitrij Jaskin and Martin Necas contributed one each for the Czechs.
Goaltender David Rittich stopped 10 shots for the shutout.
The United States tops Group B in Herning with 16 points, four more than Finland that plays Germany later Sunday.
Denmark has 11 points in third followed by Canada on 10, which has played one game less. Norway remains on three points.
The Czechs are third in Group A in Copenhagen with 12 points. Sweden leads with 14 points, a point ahead of Russia in second. Switzerland is fourth with nine and plays Sweden later.