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WORLDS DAY 4: Severson nets two points; Schneider leads USA to win

In a game that was billed as Hughes vs. Kakko, Cory Schneider stole the show with 24 saves

by Amanda Stein / newjerseydevils.com

For full coverage of the Devils competing in this month's World Championship and their individual and country's performances, visit our international page at newjerseydevils.com/worlds.

USA 3, FINLAND 2 (OT)

United States: Cory Schneider, John Hynes, Jack Hughes

Finland: Kaapo Kakko

It would take more than the 60 minutes of regulation play between the United States and Finland to settle the score on Day Four of the IIHF World Championship.

Deadlocked at two-goals apiece after forty minutes and a scoreless third period, the two nations headed to three-on-three overtime on Monday.

Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin was the player to eventually break-through for the American's 3:47 into extra frame, handing the United States their second consecutive win in a 3-2 final against Finland.

Brady Skjei (New York Rangers) and Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames) scored in regulation for the U.S. Men's National team. 

New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider was back in net for Team USA after serving as the backup in the US' second game. Schneider stopped 24 of 26 shots through regulation to pick up his first win of the tournament. Finland were held without a shot in overtime.

The matchup between Finland and USA was touted as a matchup between the two players expected to go one and two in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. Both American Jack Hughes and Finland's Kaapo Kakko were on the same sheet of ice, their two nations competing against one another. Both, however, were unable to factor in on the scoresheet, both held without points in the game.

Kakko played a team-high in both time-on-ice and shots on net for Finland. He played 18:46 while firing six shots at Schneider.

Hughes was limited to 9:24 of ice time for the United States.

Finland, despite the overtime loss, remain atop the Group A standings with seven points, with two regulation wins and an overtime loss. Germany sit second with six points, while the United States rounds out the top three in Group A with five points after one regulation and overtime victory, coupled with a loss.

Next: The US will be off on Tuesday. They'll return to face Great Britain on Wednesday in a 2:15 pm EDT matchup.

Finland are off for the next two days, back on the ice on May 16 against Denmark in a 2:15 pm EDT game.

SWEDEN 9, NORWAY 1

Sweden: Jesper Bratt (inj.)

The Three Crowns, also known as Team Sweden, were far too much for Norway on Monday.

The two-time defending World Champions downed Norway 9-1 for their second win of the tournament.

Devils forward Jesper Bratt was held out by Team Sweden due to injury but is expected to play in their next game on Thursday.

Sweden are currently fourth in the Group B rankings with six points after two regulation wins and one regulation loss. Sweden trail Russia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic in the standings.

Next: Sweden take on Austria on Wednesday in a 10:15 a.m. EDT matchup.

CANADA 6, SLOVAKIA 5

Canada: Damon Severson, Mackenzie Blackwood
Slovakia: Marian Studenic

The 11th goal between Canada and Slovakia was the game-winner on Monday afternoon at the World Championship.

And it came in style.

Canada's Mark Stone (Vegas Golden Knights) scored the game winner for Canada with 1.8 seconds left in regulation to bring down the host-team, Slovakia.

The crowd fell silent as Stone's power play goal found its way past Slovakian netminder Marek Ciliak.

Stone was celebrating his 27th birthday on Monday.

The high-scoring affair between the two nations resulted in a 6-5 final for Canada.

Devils defenseman Damon Severson registered his first two points of the tournament with assists on Canada's second and fifth goals. The former, a power play assist in the first period. Severson did also run into some penalty trouble, taking a two-minute minor and 10-minute misconduct at the end of the first period for boarding.

For Slovakia, Devils prospect Marian Studenic once again contributed on the scoreboard. He assisted on Slovakia's opening goal at the 7:14 mark.

Next: Canada face France on Thursday May 16th at 10:15am EDT. 

Slovakia are in action on Wednesday at 2:15 pm EDT against Germany.  

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