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WORLDS DAY 9: Hughes picks up point as USA tops Denmark

Cory Schneider stops 21 of 22 shots for the win in goal; Studenic scores in Slovakia's win over Great Britain

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 7, DENMARK 1

United States: Cory Schneider, John Hynes, Jack Hughes

When Frank Vatrano (Florida Panthers) opened the scoring for Team USA against Denmark at the 10:34 mark of the first period on Saturday, it also opened the floodgates. 

USA secured a 7-1 victory over Denmark after building a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. The USA build the 4-0 lead after scoring four goals on eight shots to force Denmark to make a goaltending change to start the second period from Simon Nielsen to Patrick Galbraith in net. 

New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider was back in net for the Americans and made 21 saves on 22 shots faced. Schneider has a 91.67 save percentage in the three games he has started. 

Top NHL prospect Jack Hughes set up USA's fourth goal at 18:49 of the first period. He flipped a backhand pass to Chris Kreider (New York Rangers) streaking through the slot for the 4-0 goal. The assist was Hughes' first of the tournament and first with the Men's national team.

Tweet from @amandacstein: Ladies and gentlemen, Jack Hughes first point with Team USA men���s national team!A backhand flip assist to Kreider to give USA a 4-0 lead against Denmark. pic.twitter.com/N0MeDqfvvr

With their third regulation win of the tournament Team USA inch closer to securing a quarterfinal spot. USA sit third through five games played with 11 points, behind Germany and Finland.

Next: Team USA face Germany on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. EDT. 

CANADA 8, GERMANY 1

Canada: Damon Severson, Mackenzie Blackwood 

Canada has improved to 4-1 at the World Championship with their fourth straight victory on Saturday. 

Canada dropped their opening game of the tournament to Finland and have since found their stride after a 7-1 win against Germany. 

Mark Stone (Vegas Golden Knights) lead the way with a hat trick for Canada. 

With the win, Canada jumped past Germany in the standings to sit second in Group A with 12 points in five games. 

New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson once again added to his points tally with a power play assist in the first period that gave Canada the 2-0 lead. 

Severson was a plus-three in the matchup in 17:43 of ice time with two shots on goal. 

SWEDEN 4, SWITZERLAND 3

Switzerland: Nico Hischier
Sweden: Jesper Bratt

It was an epic battle between Switzerland and Sweden on Saturday as the two countries battled it out on the ice at the World Championship. 

The two nations traded goals, with four lead changes before the score was settled in a 4-3 final for Sweden. 

The matchup marked competition between Devils forwards Jesper Bratt and Nico Hischier, though neither player registered a point. Hischier played 18:54 and had one shot on goal. Bratt was returning to the lineup after sitting out the prior two games with injury, but played only two shifts before exiting the game. 

SLOVAKIA 7, GREAT BRITAIN 1

Slovakia: Marian Studenic

Slovakia's hopes to make the quarterfinals has stayed intact after a decisive 7-1 victory over Great Britain on Saturday. 

The host-team took a 3-1 lead after the opening 20 minutes and did not look back in front of the raucous crowd. Devils forward Marian Studenic contributed with Slovakia's fifth goal and his first tally of the World Championship. 

Slovakia remain in contention for a spot in the quarterfinals but will be eliminated with a United States victory over Germany on Sunday. 

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