In a wild back-and-forth game between North American rivals, Team USA outlasted Canada in a 5-4 shootout victory.
Multiple Chicago Blackhawks players recorded points for the Americans in the win. Alex DeBrincat registered an assist on Anders Lee's first period goal that drew the U.S. within one, after they had fallen behind 2-0 early.
Jordan Oesterle recorded a second assist on Dylan Larkin's equalizer just 43 seconds into the middle frame. Patrick Kane recorded an assist when Johnny Gaudreau gave Team USA a 3-2 lead at 10:00 of the second.
While the Americans held a 4-3 lead in the third, Canada tied the game at 10:48 of the final frame, courtesy of a Colton Parayko goal.
Following a scoreless overtime, Cam Atkinson scored the deciding sixth-round shootout goal to claim victory for the U.S.
The Americans take on host team Denmark, Saturday at 1:15 p.m.
In Group A action, Blackhawks forward Artem Anisimov scored the seventh goal in a 7-0 Russian romp of Team France.
France could never gain traction against the Russians with their opponent racing out to a 3-0 lead in the first 10:22 of play.
Anisimov and Russia take on Austria on Sunday at 5:15 a.m. CT.
Erik Gustafsson finished his first game of the tournament +1 with four shots on goal in a 5-0 win for Sweden over Belarus. The Swedes scored two goals in each of the first two periods to take a commanding lead and never looked back.
Gustafsson and Sweden play the Czech Republic on Sunday at 9:15 a.m. CT.