The U.S. national junior team started its European excursion on a positive note.
Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere scored at 1:38 of overtime to give the U.S. a 3-2 victory in its exhibition game against Sweden.
Connor Murphy and Ryan Hartman also scored for the U.S. as it prepares to improve on last year's seventh-place finish when it arrives in Ufa, Russia for the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. The U.S. opens tournament play Dec. 27 against Germany.
The game was tied 2-2 after two periods, and went to overtime after a scoreless third. Early in the extra session, Sean Kuraly won an offensive zone faceoff back to Gostisbehere at the point, and his shot eluded Sweden goalie Niklas Lundstrom for the winner.
Each team had chances to win the game in the third as a steady march to the penalty box provided a total of seven power plays in the final 20 minutes of regulation. Sweden had three power plays in the third, including one at 17:16 after the U.S. was called for too many men on the ice, but halfway through that man-advantage, Sweden took a penalty of its own, giving the U.S. a 44-second power play to end regulation. It was the fourth power play of the period for the Americans.
The U.S. will play one more exhibition game prior to the start of the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, Sunday against Finland (6 a.m. ET, NHL Network-U.S.). After the game against Finland, the U.S. will make its final cuts and set its 23-man roster for the tournament.
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