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Gaudreau scores twice in Team North America victory

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

MONTREAL, QC -- Johnny Gaudreau scored twice in Team North America's 7-4 win over Team Europe in a World Cup of Hockey 2016 pre-tournament game on Sunday.

Gaudreau's first goal came late in the first period when his shot attempt bounced off the boards and then bounced off Jaroslav Halak and into the back of the net.

The Calgary Flames' winger scored his second goal at the 11:29 mark of the third period while Team North America was on the power play. Gaudreau deked around Luca Sbisa, skated through the slot and backhanded a shot through Halak's legs to extend his team's lead to 6-4.

Aaron Ekblad (2), Dylan Larkin (2) and Morgan Rielly also scored for Team North America, who also beat Team Europe in their first pre-tournament game in Quebec City last Thursday.

Team Europe received goals from Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Marian Gaborik (2) and Frans Nielsen.

Team North America goalie John Gibson made 24 saves in his first start at the World Cup. Thomas Greiss got the start for Team Europe but was pulled after allowing four goals on eight shots. He was replaced by Jaroslav Halak, who was credited with 20 saves.

Team North America plays its final pre-tournament game against Team Czech Republic in Pittsburgh on Wednesday (1:30 PM MT, Sportsnet, Sportsnet1).

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