The United States got off to a flying start at the World Junior Championships on Monday night.
Charlie Coyle scored a hat trick and Kyle Rau had a pair of goals as the U.S. cruised to an 11-3 win against Denmark at Rexall Place in Edmonton.
With a 3-2 lead going into the second period, the U.S. (1-0) exploded for six goals to put the game out of reach. Mathias Bau-Hansen scored twice in the first period to keep the Danes close through 20 minutes.
Jason Zucker had a goal and three assists for the Americans, who have won gold and bronze medals in each of the past two IIHF World Junior Championships.
Coyle, Nick Bjustad, Zucker and winning goalie Jack Campbell (20 saves) all played in last year's tournament, which was held in Buffalo, N.Y.
I watched many times this year the series between the Russians and Canada in 1972, and he was a dominating player there. After I watched the tapes, I respect him a lot more because he turned the series around. He was the guy. In that time, he was the best in the world. It’s a big honor for me to tie him.
— Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr on scoring the 717th goal of his career to tie Phil Esposito for fifth on the NHL's all-time goals list after a 4-3 win vs. the Lightning on Sunday