CALGARY, AB -- Johnny Gaudreau kicked off the 2014 IIHF World Championship pre-tournament with a bang, scoring the game-winner for the USA in a 3-1 victory over Germany on Tuesday.
Gaudreau scored the Americans second goal just 14 seconds after Tyler Johnson opened the scoring in the first period. Gaudreau's tally, which came at the 5:02 mark, was assisted on by Edmonton Oilers defenceman Jeff Petry and Tim Stapleton, who has spent the last two seasons in the KHL.
Johnson scored his second goal and made it 3-0 less than a minute into the second period. The Germans responded with a Sinan Akdag goal 14:41 of the middle stanza but that was all they could muster against the Americans.
Gaudreau and the USA open their preliminary-round schedule in the World Championship on Friday against Belarus at 11:45 AM MST.