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Gaudreau leads USA to quarterfinals of World Hockey Championships

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According to the International Ice Hockey Federation website on Tuesday, Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames had a goal and three assists for four points as the United States defeated Germany 5-4 at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's Hockey Championships in Minsk, Belarus. Gaudreau, the reigning Hobey Baker Award winner has a bright future ahead of him, but his short term goal is to guide the United States to its very first World Hockey Championship gold medal since 1960.

Gaudreau's goal came on the power play from Jake Gardiner of the Toronto Maple Leafs at 2:24 of the third period. The goal put the United States up 4-3 at the time.

Gaudreau's first assist came at 1:44 of the second period on a goal from Justin Abdelkader of the Detroit Red Wings to open the scoring and give the United States a 1-0 lead. Tim Stapleton of Ak Bars Kazan in the Kontinental Hockey League recorded the other assist.

Gaudreau's second assist came at 12:53 of the second period on the power play. Gaudreau and Gardiner recorded assists on a goal by Matt Donovan of the New York Islanders to give the United States a 3-2 lead.

Then finally Gaudreau registered his third assist at 15:44 of the third period on Abdelkader's second goal of the hockey game. Gaudreau's four point effort led all Americans in scoring.

With the win, the United States improved to five wins and two losses in the round robin and will play the Czech Republic in one of four quarterfinal games on Thursday (TSN, 7 a.m.). The other games will have Russia playing France (TSN2, 8 a.m.), Canada playing Finland (TSN, 11 a.m.) and Sweden playing Belarus (TSN2, 12 p.m.).

The United States finished in second place in group B. In seven games, the Americans outscored their opponents 27-23.


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