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U.S. edges Finland in pretournament finale

World Cup of Hockey opens Saturday in Toronto

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WASHINGTON -- Team USA defeated Team Finland 3-2 at Verizon Center on Tuesday in each team's final World Cup of Hockey 2016 pretournament game.

T.J. Oshie, Ryan Kesler and Derek Stepan scored for Team USA. Patrik Laine and Jussi Jokinen scored for Team Finland.

Jonathan Quick made 30 saves for Team USA. Pekka Rinne made 26 for Team Finland.

Oshie gave Team USA a 1-0 lead 1:08 into the first period. Oshie scored from the bottom of the left circle off a behind-the-net feed from Ryan Kesler.

Kesler made it 2-0 at 3:37 of the second period. John Carlson started the play with an outlet pass to Max Pacioretty, who fed Blake Wheeler with a backhand pass. Wheeler sent the pass to Kesler streaking down the wing.

Stepan gave Team USA a 3-0 lead at 5:34 of the period. Carlson tipped the puck to Stepan from over the blue line and Stepan scored through Rinne's pads.

Laine scored a power-play goal for Team Finland to make it 3-1 at 11:22 of the third period. Laine took a pass from Sami Vatanen and scored on Quick from the top of the left circle.

Jokinen made it 3-2 with 4:23 remaining. Rasmus Ristolainen put a shot on goal and Jokinen tipped in the rebound.

Team Finland forward Teuvo Teravainen was a healthy scratch; Sebastian Aho replaced him in the lineup.

Team USA forward Dustin Byfuglien switched from defenseman to forward; he had two shots on goal in 9:07 of ice time.

The tournament begins Saturday in Toronto.

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