USA Defeats Germany, Continues Winning in World Championships

The US overcame good goaltending from Germany and converted on their power play opportunities to pick up another win in the 2018 IIHF World Championships. They defeated Germany 3-0 at Jyske Bank Boxen in Group B action.

Keith Kinkaid extended his shutout streak – he has not given up a goal since the third period of the Canada game, with two full game shutouts – and Patrick Kane factored in on all three goals to lead the Americans to victory.

After a scoreless first period, Germany’s Daniel Pietta took a kneeing penalty 8:53 into the second. Kane would capitalize on that as he scored from Johnny Gaudreau and Cam Atkinson at 10:02 on the power play. The Americans were up by one.

Twenty-eight seconds after the Kane goal, Germany’s Moritz Muller was called for hooking and the US was back on the man advantage. This time Derek Ryan converted from Kane and Quinn Hughes. That made it 2-0 USA.

The US would add a second insurance goal when Alex Debrincat scored 10:38 into the third period. This was an even strength goal and Kane had the lone assist. With that third point, Patrick Kane would be named the player of the game for the US.

Kinkaid saw 24 German shots and stopped all of them. A German shot that hit the crossbar with about 1:30 remaining in the game was reviewed, and the call on the ice of no goal was upheld to continue Kinkaid’s shutout streak. Niklas Treutle of Germany made 33 saves on 36 American shots.

Brian Gibbons had a shot on goal and was an even plus/minus in 8:55 of ice time spread over 17 shifts. Will Butcher had two shots on goal in 21:35 spread over 26 shifts and had an even rating. Blake Coleman had three shots on goal over 11:55 of ice time (18 shifts) and took a hooking penalty in the second period for two penalty minutes. Kinkaid also had a two minute delay of game penalty in the second – which along with Coleman already being in the box, set up a 5-on-3 for Germany. The Americans killed that off, however.

The US is in a good position in the Group B standings with eight points (two wins and one overtime win) and a 9-4 goal differential. They next play Latvia on May 10. In the meantime, the Swiss play the Czechs tomorrow and we will have that for you right here.

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