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USA Beats Finland In Final Pre-Tournament Game

Americans finish exhibition play 2-1-0

by Ron Knabenbauer - @RonKnab /


The United States held off a third-period rally by Finland and closed out pre-tournament action for the World Cup of Hockey 2016 with a 3-2 win at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

Team USA took a 3-0 lead into the third period, but 2016 No. 2 overall NHL Draft pick Patrik Laine scored on the power play at 11:22 and Jussi Jokinen tallied at 15:27 to get Finland within one score and set up a furious finish.

The Americans, led in goal by Jonathan Quick, held off the late rush by the Finns, who had six shots on goal in the final 2:22 of regulation. Quick finished with 30 saves.

TJ Oshie, Ryan Kesler and Derek Stepan scored for USA.

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson had two shots, two hits and four blocked shots in 16:06 of ice time for the United States. He was paired on defense for most of the game with Jack Johnson of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The U.S., which finished 2-1-0 in exhibition play, opens the preliminary round on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. MT against Team Europe. Finland begins play on Sunday at 6 p.m. MT against Team North America.

All World Cup games will be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. 

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