The Edmonton Oilers have seven players participating in the 2016 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Russia: Connor McDavid (Canada), Cam Talbot (Canada), Taylor Hall (Canada), Matt Hendricks (USA), Patrick Maroon (USA), Andrej Sekera (Slovakia) and Leon Draisaitl (Germany).
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USA 4, FRANCE 0
The United States improved to two wins and two losses, vaulting into a tie with Slovakia for third place in Group B after a 4-0 win over France on Thursday.
After a scoreless first half of the game, USA's Chris Wideman finally broke the deadlock on the power play with 5:37 remaining in the middle frame. after that goal, the floodgates opened for the Americans.
2:07 after the Wideman goal, Connor Murphy scored to double USA's lead. Then 3:25 after that -- with only five seconds remaining in the period -- Oilers forward Matt Hendricks set up J.T. Compher for a goal to make it a three-goal affair.
The USA onslaught continued as Brady Skjei scored only 1:19 into the third to make it a 4-0 game and that's how it would end.
Mike Condon stopped all 19 shots he faced for the shutout. USA had 31 shots on French netminder Florian Hardy.
Oilers forward Patrick Maroon had one shot on goal in 13:23 of icetime. Hendricks played 11:18 with two shots and the aforementioned assist. He also had two penalty minutes.
USA gets back at it tomorrow with a game against Hungary at 7:15 a.m. MDT. -- Marc Ciampa, edmontonoilers.com
CANADA 5, GERMANY 2
Taylor Hall scored two goals and Connor McDavid added an assist as Canada defeated Germany 5-2 to remain undefeated in Group B.
Hall's first goal came 3:54 into the game. Canada extended its lead to 2-0 3:22 into the second on a power play goal by Corey Perry. However, Germany struck for two goals in the latter half of the middle frame to get back on even terms 2-2 after 40 minutes.
Three minutes into the third, McDavid set up Hall for his second of the game to put Canada back in the lead. Just over three minutes later, Boone Jenner made it 4-2 for the Canadians. A Cody Ceci power play goal with 6:43 remaining made the final 5-2.
Hall was named Canada's player of the game with his two-goal performance. With six points in the tournament, he is tied for seventh in tournament scoring with five goals and six points. McDavid is tied for 13th in tournament scoring with no goals and five assists.
Cam Talbot stopped 17 of 19 shots for the win. Through three games between the pipes, he has a 1.00 goals-against average and .947 save percentage.
Canada plays again on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. MDT against Slovakia.
-- Marc Ciampa, edmontonoilers.com