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Gaudreau scores in Team North America's win over Finland

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

Johnny Gaudreau scored the game-winning goal in Team North America's 4-1 victory over Finland at the World Cup of Hockey on Sunday.

The Calgary Flames winger deflected Colton Parayko's shot at 5:27 of the second period, perching at the top of the blue paint and screening Finnish goaltender Pekka Rinne before getting his stick on the shot.

Gaudreau ended up with one goal, three shots on net, one takeaway, and one hit in 14:07 of ice time.

The 23-year-old was tied for the lead in pretournament scoring with three goals and five points in three skates. He was also tied for the lead in shots on goal with 14.

"We're here to play," Gaudreau told after the win. "Hopefully teams don't take us lightly. I think we're a fast, speed, skilled team and hopefully we can keep proving people we belong here."

Jack Eichel opened the scoring in the first period, capitalizing on a Auston Matthews' rebound right in front of the net. Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon also scored in the Team North America win.

Valtteri Filppula scored Finland's lone goal late in the third period.

Team North America goaltender Matt Murray made 24 saves on 25 shots. Rinne was credited with 39 saves.

Team North America's next game is on Monday when they face Russia at 6:00 PM MT (SN, ESPN, TVAS). Finland faces off against Sweden on Tuesday at 1:00 PM MT (SN, ESPN, TVAS).

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