While struggling intitally to start the 2010 IIHF Worlds Championships, Team USA is starting to find its stride with two shutout wins in as many days.
The U.S. took down France on Sunday with a 4-0 victory, one day after trouncing Kazakhstan by a score of 10-0. The wins came on the heels of three one-goal losses (two in overtime) for the Americans to start the tournament.
Senators forward Nick Foligno broke up a 0-0 tie with the first of his two goals in the game at the 4:49 mark of the second period. Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky, who entered the game leading the tournament in points, scored close to 10 minutes later to put the Americans up by two after two periods.
TJ Oshie of the Blues made it a three-goal lead with a power play goal just 1:36 into the final period of play. Foligno followed with his second goal of the contest to close the scoring and improve the United States to 2-1-2 thus far in the tournament. Ducks forward Ryan Carter was held scoreless in 13:33 of ice time.
With the win, the United States moved a step closer to not be relegated to international hockey's second tier. All the Americans will need is one point against Italy on Tuesday to ensure a return to next year's Worlds Championships in Slovakia.