LAKE PLACID, N.Y.
-- The penalty wasn't good, but it was the response to it that helped Jason Zucker
and the U.S. take a 4-1 win against Finland on Thursday here at the national junior evaluation camp.
With the U.S. already playing shorthanded, Zucker was sent off for high-sticking, giving Finland, already up 1-0, a two-man advantage for 1:29.
The U.S. killed the first penalty, and when Zucker's time in the box ended, he exploded out like a turbo-charged racecar.
Just 22 seconds after he stepped out of the box, his strong forechecking earned him a loose puck behind the Finland net. He found Nick Bjugstad
open at the edge of the left circle, and Bjugstad scored to tie the game.
"For being a leader on this team it isn't a good penalty to take," Zucker told NHL.com. "I had to come out and show the guys that I'm here to be serious and I shouldn't have taken the penalty."