After losing all three preliminary-round games by one goal, Team USA routed Kazakhstan 10-0 on Saturday in its first relegation-round game at the World Hockey Championships.
Two New York Rangers
-- Matt Gilroy
and Brandon Dubinsky
-- led the way for the Americans. Gilroy, a rookie defenseman, scored three goals, while Dubinsky, a forward, scored once and added four assists. Rangers prospect Chris Kreider
, who plays for Boston College, had the game's final goal after Team USA scored four times in the first period and five in the second. The four first-period goals matched the Americans' output in their third losses.
The United States has games remaining against France on Sunday and Italy on Tuesday. France beat Italy 2-1 in the other relegation-round game.
In qualification-round games, Switzerland took over first place in Group F with a 3-2 victory over the Czech Republic in Mannheim. Andreas Ambühl scored two goals and former NHL goaltender Martin Gerber
stopped 30 shots for the Swiss, now 3-0-0. Unbeaten Russia held off Germany, the host nation, 3-2 in Cologne thanks to a third-period goal by Alex Ovechkin
that turned out to be the game-winner..
Canada, which beat Norway 12-1 on Friday in its first qualification-round game, plays Sweden on Sunday.