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.
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres