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2019 World Juniors: Day 3 recap

...Hughes, Madden deliver in big USA win

by Tyson Giuriato @TysonGiuriato / Freelance writer

Tyler Madden scored his first career goal for Team USA, while Quinn Hughes picked up his first point of the 2019 World Juniors as the United States steamrolled Kazakhstan.

On Saturday, things ramp back up for Canucks prospects as all four will be in action.

Michael DiPietro and Team Canada play the Czech Republic (5:00pm PT).

Hughes, Madden and Team USA have their toughest test of the tournament as they go head-to-head with Sweden (7:30pm PT), while Toni Utunen and Finland face-off with Slovakia (3:30pm).

United States (8) - Kazakhstan (2)

Quinn Hughes (USA): 1 assist, 9 shots on goal
Tyler Madden (USA): 1 goal, 5 shots on goal

An 8-2 game where the shots finish 66-13 is not the most entertaining game, but for Canucks fans, it was highly entertaining.

Quinn Hughes put on another show, displaying his tremendous skating ability and playmaking skills. It was perhaps one of the most dominant one-assist games ever. He led all American skaters with 20:11 of ice-time and finished with nine shots on goal. He happened to be on the ice a lot with fellow Canucks prospect Tyler Madden and the two nearly connected on multiple goals, but couldn't close.

"He has great vision and is obviously a great skater," said Madden. "Every time I see him get the puck, I know I have to get open, whether that is coming up on the blueline or finding the soft area, I know he will find me. It's awesome to be out there with him. He makes some plays that even I am a little surprised at when it happens."

Madden finished the night with one goal, five shots and just under 18 minutes of ice time. He scored the United States' sixth goal, wrapping around the net and roofing it above Kazakhstan goaltender Demid Yeremeyev. Only problem was, the referee did not signal a goal and play resumed. A few seconds later they blew play down to review it and it was called a good goal.

Tweet from @usahockey: It took another look, but @tp_madden10 knew he was on the board. #USAWJC pic.twitter.com/eApggid3W8

"It was a great feeling for about three seconds, then I had to keep playing," said Madden. "I knew it went in off the bat and I tried to signal that it was in, but nobody listened to me."

Madden could have had five goals on the night. He was buzzing all over the ice and always seemed to be around the puck. One shift late in the first period, he went end-to-end but couldn't finish, then moments later took a pass in the slot from Hughes and ripped a shot off the goaltender's helmet and out of play.

"I feel I could have had many more goals tonight," said Madden. "It felt like I had 20 shots tonight but all but one of them didn't want to go in. Sometimes that's just how it is, but hopefully I continue to get these opportunities and capitalize on them the next two games."

Saturday night will be a much tougher test for the United States as they take on Sweden.

Next up: vs. Sweden (Saturday, 7:30pm PT, TSN 3)

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