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Kinkaid makes 28 saves in U.S. opener vs. Canada at worlds

by Eric Marin / New Jersey Devils

Keith Kinkaid made 28 saves for Team USA in its preliminary round opener against Canada at the IIHF World Championship in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Friday.

David Warsofsky set up Patrick Maroon (Edmonton Oilers) for the Americans’ lone goal in the 5-1 setback. Warsofsky registered one shot and logged 16:48 of ice time.

Devils prospects, defenseman Steven Santini (11:33 TOI) and forward Miles Wood (5:16 TOI), also skated for the U.S.

The Canadians outshot the Americans, 33-25.

"I thought we competed hard against a very good hockey team," head coach John Hynes told USA Hockey’s official site. "We're disappointed, but we'll take the lessons from this game and work to be better collectively tomorrow against a very good Belarus team."

Maroon opened the scoring on the power play, beating Cam Talbot (Edmonton Oilers) for a 1-0 U.S. lead 4:54 into the game. Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers) tied things up just 31 seconds later, and Brendan Gallagher (Montreal Canadiens) put Canada ahead for good at 8:48.

Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche) and Boone Jenner (Columbus Blue Jackets) added even strength goals in the second and third periods, respectively. Brad Marchand (Boston Bruins) capped the scoring with a shorthanded tally midway through the final frame.

Team USA continues its Group B slate with a 1:15 p.m. ET puck drop versus Belarus on Saturday (NBCSN, NBC Sports Live Extra).

Adam Larsson recorded one shot (18:03 TOI) in Sweden’s 2-1 win over Latvia on Friday. Shots heavily favored the Swedes, 44-21, who take on the Czechs in Group A play on Monday.

Sergey Kalinin logged 12:24 of ice time for Russia in its 3-0 loss to the Czech Republic in Friday’s Group A action. The Russians face Kazakhstan on Sunday.

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